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The Best of Alaska’s National Parks: From Denali to Kenai

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terry loendorf Nov 21, 2015 at 11:01 AM

On the best of Alaska National parks tour, abut what time do they plan to end up in Anchorage from the last overnight stay?
Julia Marchant Nov 21, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Hi Terry, I understand it will be afternoon, but do not know the time. I plan to stay in Anchorage an extra couple of nights so I can see some things I don't get to see on the trip and a lot of flights are night flightse

Jill Gorski Nov 05, 2015 at 01:44 PM

I am also curious about the dates with the Brooks Falls excursion. June and August do not seem to be the months to see bears fishing from what I've found so far. Am I mistaken, looking for input.
Julia Marchant Nov 05, 2015 at 04:58 PM

Hi Jill, you are correct in that the prime time to see bears at Brooks Falls is July, but I am an addicted watcher of Bears at Kamai, the web cams supported by encore.org and the Annenburg Foundation. There are bears in June and August, just not huge amounts due to the salmon runs. But, I was also informed that August is better than June to see bears and especially families with cubs.n
Jill Gorski Nov 06, 2015 at 01:25 PM

Thanks. If I chose this trip I would be so disappointed not to see bears after finally making it all that way.
Julia Marchant Nov 06, 2015 at 01:43 PM

me too, but I am in for the August trip 2016, I am confident about seeing bears, both in Denali and Katmai

Julia Marchant Nov 03, 2015 at 12:48 PM

I have not been able to find any comments on the trip "Best of Alaska National Parks" with the 3 day excursion to Katmai, Brooks Falls. Any comments on that trip in either August or June?

Mary Jane Schuon Aug 18, 2015 at 08:54 PM

I know having a day pack is important, but on past adventures I've found I left it on the bus where I could easily access my stuff instead of needing to wear/carry it. I'm wondering what to expect on this program so I can pack the best pack.
Candice Donahue Aug 19, 2015 at 07:54 AM

You'll definitely want to carry the pack on the hikes. I went on the July trip. Our packs were used for the layers of clothes we put on and took off as needed. A couple of days we had a sack lunch, I always had my water bottle, camera going in and out of the pack, Then the rain jacket and pants were always in the pack if not on me, plus an extra layer of fleece,

Elsa Berenberg Jul 28, 2015 at 08:16 AM

Attending this trip 8/30-9/10. Very excited!!! Any other friends of Bill W.? Contact me! Ebtree@hotmail.com

Candice Donahue Jul 25, 2015 at 12:49 PM

I just got home from my trip yesterday and there was no impact at all--wouldnt have known there were any fires at all if the leaders hadnt mentioned them, absolutely a wonderful experience!
Mary Jane Schuon Jul 28, 2015 at 08:22 AM

Thanks for the info. I'm glad to hear it.

Mary Jane Schuon Jul 17, 2015 at 04:11 PM

Are the forest fires apt to impact the program in any way?
Dennis Balanesi Jul 18, 2015 at 01:55 AM

Our trip (June 21st - July 3rd) was not affected by the fires. Just some haze from the fires.
Mary Jane Schuon Jul 28, 2015 at 08:23 AM

Thanks for the info.

Dennis Balanesi Jul 04, 2015 at 02:32 PM

The float trip is in a rubber raft. Each person is dressed head to toe in a rubber rain suit, life preserver and rubber boots supplied by the rafting company. The Kenai river looks like its moving pretty quick but once on the river, its fine. Maybe a little splash but nothing to be concerned about. Lot's of fun! Not white water rafting.

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