Tales from our Travels

The Importance of Virginity…In Old Growth Forests

One of our popular guided activities here at Tutka Bay Lodge is hiking our trail system out the backdoor.  The lodge owns 12 acres of property and leases an additional 20 acres on the adjacent peninsular headland from the State of Alaska. These 20 acres are untouched,...

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A Better Bird Journal: eBird

Warning #1: If you are not interested in birds, you won't be interested in this post. Warning #2: If you are not interested in birds, you're missing out on some of the most beautiful and fascinating experiences that planet Earth has to offer. I write to you today to...

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We Haven’t Stopped Birding

No, quite the  contrary in fact.  We just haven't written about it in a while.  We still live our lives with binoculars around our necks, and we're constantly late because we're always getting distracted by little warblers in the alders or softly calling birds in the...

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Video: Salmon In A Barrel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCcSqbxsIWY&width=680&height=400 *If the video doesn't automatically appear, try refreshing your browser or clicking here.  (It's worth it!) I flew in on a helicopter.  Katie hiked in through a lush Sitka Spruce...

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Our Alaskan Backyard: Another Photo Tour

The fun continues up here.  We've just about hit the halfway point of our Alaskan summer and we still can't quite believe they pay us to do this stuff.  Here are a few moments out of our past few weeks caught on film. [juicebox gallery_id="14"] [gallery...

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A Sailboat On The Mountain

  The move from sailing through the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Mexico up to the snowy peaks of Alaska seemed, at first glance, like quite the extreme shift.  Although this shift in 40 degrees of latitude certainly has transformed our views and our landscapes, our...

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A Photo Flashback of Sailing the Sea of Cortez

Our schedule up here in the wilds of Alaska doesn’t leave us near as much time as we’d like to post stories of our adventures here.  In the meantime, during this deficit of prose, enjoy some of our highlights from our season down south in the Sea of Cortez. ...

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Through Our Camera Lens In Alaska

It's been a little over a month now, and we've compiled some phenomenal experiences.  Luckily, we've also captured a few of these on camera.  Here's a quick tour of some of the highlights. (You can click on a photo to see it a bit bigger.  We're struggling with our...

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Wolverines In Love?

For wildlife enthusiasts in North America, the holy grail of rare animal sightings has to be the fearsome wolverine.  They live in the high alpine, they don’t tolerate much human presence, and there simply aren’t that many of them.  In the lower 48 the...

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Video: Sibling Rivalry – Coastal Brown Bear Style

  We promised video footage of the Brown Bears, and after another trip over to the Katmai Peninsula, we have the clip ready to go.  Katie got to witness the most exciting events of the week: a pair of second year cubs duking it out in the meadow under the...

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Alaska Brown Bear: Up Close And Personal

Alaska Brown Bear: Up Close And Personal

The Cessna 207 Skywagon descended through the cloud layer and we were shown a landscape of fog shrouded cliffs and miles and miles of mudflats.  And in those mudflats were clams.  And hunting those clams were thousand pound coastal brown bears, newly awakened and...

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Our New Home in Tutka Bay, Alaska

We’ve been a little behind on our writing as of late, so we wanted to catch you up on our first two weeks of work here at Tutka Bay Lodge… Yesterday I flew in a helicopter, landed on a glacier, had a sandwich while sitting on some 10,000 year old ice, and then watched...

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