“Congratulations on being alive!”
That’s how a ranger greeted me when I stepped from the willow-filled river Savage River basin onto the road. Apparently there was a large grizzly moving rather quickly in our direction, as I sat by the river painting and Steve sat quietly nearby. “Quietly” was our mistake; we knew we needed to be making noise as we hiked, so that we wouldn’t come upon a bear and surprise it, but apparently we also needed to make noise when sitting still, so that a bear wouldn’t inadvertently come upon us and be surprised by our presence in his space. Thankfully we are here to tell the tale!
|A small glacier in the Savage River valley|
|Wolf Tracks along the high, narrow trail|
|Wolf track and my hand|
|Stephen on the steep slope|
|Trail on STEEP, HIGH slope|
This V-shaped valley was carved by a river, hence the steep sides.
|Tundra wildflowers beside trail|
|White-crowned Sparrow- they were ubiquitous|
|Painting beside the Savage River in the U-shaped valley|
This U-shaped valley was carved by a glacier, hence the broad, flat valley.
|Stephen resting beside the Savage River|
|Grizzly bear track!|