More Bears, boating and hiking in Waterton Lakes

Our early start was rewarded with a perfect crisp morning, pure blue skies and morning mist drifting over lakes. We’d camped just outside Waterton Lakes National Park so headed back into the park stopping often for photos as the sun was rising. It’s the only time of day where I don’t despise cob webs as…

Colourful canyons and the best bear watching in the Rockies

Waterton Lakes national park is the only place in Canada where the prairies and mountains meet without the transition of foothills. Therefore it was a fabulous drive entering the park with dry grassland all around us and mountains rising ahead of us. We headed up the Red Rock Parkway as it was a rainy day…

Grizzly bears in K’country

The weather was miserable for our second day in K’country so we did a bit of a drive hoping to see some wildlife. Big areas along the road were closed off with yellow tape and big bear photos so we scanned the bushes for any signs of life. There was a break from the rain…

A day spent watching a Brown Bear Family

Daphne the van has been making some nasty noises while driving on bumpy dirt roads and it turns out that her steering rod needs replacing. The garage in Valdez (the one and only one) didn’t have the part but ordered them in for the next day. So we were stuck in paradise for another day…

Seriously close wild bear encounters 

The Eagle River Road is 14 miles of beautiful winding tarmac through forest and past mountains till it abruptly ends inside the Chugach State Park. We drove to the end where numerous hikes leave from the Nature Centre. A sign warned us of a black bear stalking four hikers a few days ago and that…

Hiking around Moose Pass, Alaska

Before we left beautiful Seward we did a hike in the Caines Head Recreational Area. We crossed a clear river and walked along seaweed up the coastline, scanning the bay for sea life but we didn’t see anything which was a shame. The mountain views were beautiful but it wasn’t the most riveting of hikes…

Let the Alaskan road trip begin

Daphne, Craig and I said farewell to Anchorage and drove east along the Seward Highway. The sky was the clearest it had been since we’d arrived in Alaska and we felt like we were constantly surrounded by mountains, probably because we were! The road wiggled along the coastline with the Turnagain Arm to our right…

The Bear Necessities in Romania

We’re well and truly in bear country now. Romania has 40% of Europe’s wild bears, if we don’t see one here, our chances elsewhere are pretty slim. We drove south of Brasov to the Southern Carpathian’s where the ski village of Poiana Brasov sits at 1030m. Finally we got a piece of tranquility compared to…

Caught with my pants down infront of a bear

We are officially in bear country – the Scandinavian version. We’ve taken an ‘S’ shape detour north east from Trondheim in Norway to Stromsund in Sweden. From here we’re driving the Vildmarksvagen (the wilderness road) it’s a 500km loop route, so we’ll probably drive a quarter to half of it. The first section is through…