“What is your favorite trip?”
Well, I get asked that quite a bit after 22 years of planning trips for Natural Habitat Adventures, and I have done most of them. My answer was always our Uganda safari to see the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and some lesser-knows primates such as the black-and-white colobus monkey.
However, this past summer I went on our Great Alaskan Grizzly Encounter with my husband Alek and two teenage sons, Dirk and Kyle. Expedition Leader Drew Hamilton was our naturalist guide, and since he was also my guide when I saw the polar bears and northern lights in Churchill, Canada, I knew I was in excellent hands.
It was a true privilege to sit and watch the wild brown bears fish, graze on sedge grass and stake out their turf. Moms and cubs were my favorite, the bear cubs reminded me of my own boys wrestling and goofing off. Each bear had a unique personality, you got to know each grizzly, which was an intimate nature experience that the four of us will never forget.
This guest post was written by Senior Adventure Specialist Wendy Klausner. All photos © Wendy Klausner and Alek Komarnitsky.