It drizzled on and off today. Forecast is for rain for the next week, but rain up here is kind of like Seattle’s weather — more of an easily ignored smattering of light rain than a torrential downpour. Sunny skies were sure not the Alaska that we saw on this trip. We think that when the sun shines, every photographer in the state turns out to get those blue-sky photos that you see in the brochures.
Day 3 — Anchorage and a floatplane trip to Redoubt Bay Lodge for bear viewing
Early this morning, we took a 5-seater Cessna floatplane from Rust's Flying Service in Anchorage, flying about 45 to 60 minutes to Redoubt Bay Lodge on Cook Inlet in Lake Clark National Park. From the air, we saw several pods of beluga whales feeding on schools of fish and a large group of harbor seals sunning on the muddy shore of Cook Inlet. This was our first experience on a floatplane. The water takeoff and water landing was smooth and easy. We taxied to the lodge, where we docked just like a boat. This bush lodge is accessible only by plane or boat.