great white north

last week fraser, arie and myself met up in whitehorse, rented a sweet RV and drove up over the pass and down to the coast. ostensibly we were fishing for coho salmon on the rivers of haines, alaska, but really we were just hanging around outside watching the eagles and the bears.

chilkoot lake, where we camped for the majority of our trip.

it's a good thing that the fishing was more of an excuse than a reason, b/c the coho declined to show up this year, or at least not in numbers that made them easy to yank out of the water. there were a few fish in the river, as the bears can attest.

grizzlies came down to the river every day to fish for salmon. we were privileged to watch a mamma bear fishing while her cubs gambolled on the river's edge. she did a bit of teaching, but mostly the cubs played while she trolled the river.

there's mamma on the right, with one of the cubs sitting on a stump on the left bank.

here is arie and i fishing the chilkoot river just downstream from the bears. i neglected to take a picture of the bald eagles, but they were continually swooping up and down the valley fishing and irritating the resident gulls.

arie got fed up with not catching anything and tried the bear's method to no avail.

after striking out on the chilkoot, we drove to the other side of haines and tried our luck on the wide and shallow chilkat. nothing there either, but the views were great.

after returning across the mountains and camping illicitly in kluane national park we dropped arie off at the airport and proceeded to lake laberge, where we didnt fish at all.

finally fraser and i returned to whitehorse to prowl the antique shops, visit some of his old friends and explore the nearby canyon.

so, no fish, but still a great fishing trip... as fraser and arie kept repeating, "a bad day fishing is still better than a good day at work!" amen.


Anonymous said...

well said Marc!


Shelley said...

So many bears! awesome.
Too bad no fish, though :(

shareen said...

I actually thought Arie WAS a bear in that picture at first. I was surprised how nonchalant you were just fishing next to a bear digging in and stealing your fish.

Anonymous said...

So jealous! It looks like an amazing trip! The bears are so cute. And if your fishing philosophy is like our hunting philosophy - it's a good day just getting out, it's a great day to even see an animal or have a chance to shoot something, and it's an excellent day when you get to bring something home.


Katherine said...

wow, what amazing pictures Marc. I'm jealous of that fishing trip too,good friends and spectacular scenery are a recipe for a good time. It looks like the weather was nice and crisp too. Those bears are stunning. GLad I was able to live vicariously through you this morning.

imnotchris said...

You guys rented an RV. Clearly Fraser is getting soft!