A mother black bear pauses to glance back at her two cubs just after emerging onto the shore of a very shallow waterway. @kzbroski and I were picking our way between the submerged rocks to return to the National Park Service campground on the back end of three days of wilderness kayaking in Glacier Bay National Park.
It was a bit distressing to see such a large animal appear suddenly with her young within 30 - 40 feet of us while we were at risk of beaching our kayak and getting stuck in a foot of water right in front of her (which is in part why this quick iPhone picture is blurry). At the first sound, she immediately turned to stare at us directly, at one point standing up on her hind legs to get a better look as we continued to move away.
Fortunately these were black bears, the less aggressive sort, and she waited for us to move on before proceeding to the waterline, presumably to hunt for shellfish or one of the many salmon we saw swimming past.
"We see them come.. we see them go
Veterans and first years, young and old
And everything in between
Work maintenance, trust me you will see everything
Under buildings, guest rooms and the server station too
fixed pipes, looong nights, annoying the Servers in blue.
Seabree, skidmore dont forget sundew
Wolf tracks, bear scat, is that oystercatcher trough!?!? We've meet family and friends our lives have changed for the best
But now it is time for us to finally get some rest
For we have given our all,we have given our best"
Gbl 2017 Maintinence crew
Our season is done
After three days of kayaking through the Beardslee Islands in #GlacierBay#NationalPark , we beached our kayak in the intertidal zone of an inlet near Bartlett Cove. Over the course of three hours a thirteen foot high tide would come in and submerge the algae shown in this picture, clearing the way for us to complete our journey and return to the National Park Service camp site via a shallow cut. The significant ebbs and flows of the tide throughout the bay dictated where and when to stop, eat, and camp for the duration of our time in the backcountry.