Alaska, US – 2009
We made some mistakes during our backpacking trip to Denali, but in retrospect, it was all worth it.
One of the many reasons people go to Denali National Park is to see the wildlife, especially the grizzly bears. As a matter of fact, shuttle drivers would stop anytime a grizzly is spotted, however small and faraway it is.
Jack and I saw a lot of grizzlies from the shuttle, some of them were mere specks far, far, awaythey might as well could be rocks.
But these guys… they guys were real. And they have a story to tell.
Once Upon A Time There Were A Mother Grizzly With 2 Cubs…
The mother and one of the cubs managed to cross the street, but the second cub (let’s call him ‘Lil’ Bobby’ shall we?) was too busy sniffing rocks and got left behind (ha, that will teach him next time to always keep up).
Our shuttle stopped (of course, hello? The photo ops!) in-between the poor cub and the rest of his family, blocking his view.
Definitely unhappy and more-than-a-little anxious, Lil Bobby stood up on his hind legs and plaintively called out to his mom and sibling.
Momma bear finally realized that she’s missing somebody…
At this time, our shuttle driver put the shuttle in reverse to allow Lil’ Bobby to see the rest of the clan and to cross the street.
The family’s now reunited. The tourists got their gazillion pictures of the bear family.
So, why did the grizzly bear cross the street?
Because he was looking for his mom. Duh.
*Don’t hate me for my lame jokes*
Did you know?
– That the grizzlies in Denali are smaller than their salmon eating cousins found in the rest of Alaska. Apparently a diet consisting of mostly-berries doesn’t do much for packing in the pounds.
– More people have been killed during river crossings than by grizzly attacks. How many have been killed by grizzlies you wonder? See point below.
– Every since they started allowing guns in national parks, one grizzly has been killed in Denali. Number of people killed by grizzlies? Zero.
Tell us, folks: