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The City of New York

A memorable Manhattan sunrise on the first morning of our week in New York City

via My New York City Eye Opener — Streets of Nuremberg

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Three Great RV-Trips

RVing (RV stands for Recreational Vehicle) is an extremely popular way to get out and experience the world for retirees across the globe. From the occasional trip to full time living, RVs provide a simple, comfortable and affordable way to travel year-round. Here are 3 great RV trips to take in retirement. These can be done as standalone trips, or easily incorporated into your full-time travels.

For more information about RV rentals, visit the company Outdoorsy HERE

 

Pacific Northwest, United States of America

This is a great summertime trip for retirees. While it is a common perception that this area has perpetual rain, there are great areas here to visit that buck that understanding. Located on the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula, towns like Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Townsend are located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. Sequim, which is located in the center of that rain shadow, receives only 14 inches of rain per year. The vast majority of that rain falls between October and April. The weather in peak season between June and September is absolutely delightful. It is sunny with low humidity and temps in the 70’s to low 80’s (21 – 26 centigrade). This is one reason Sequim has been ranked as one of the best small towns in the pacific northwest to live. It is also a very popular destination for west coast residents to move to for retirement.

The towns here are quaint seaside towns, particularly Sequim and Port Townsend. The surrounding area is absolutely beautiful, with the Olympic National Park just to the southwest. Port Townsend has a great walkable downtown area with nice restaurants and a first-rate farmer market every weekend. The nearby Fort Worden State Park is a former military installation where many of the buildings have been converted to art facilities. This is a great place to learn art from traditional painting to advanced woodworking.

The area is also a gateway to Seattle, the San Juan Islands and Victoria, BC, which is a short ferry ride from Port Angeles. This area makes a great standalone trip. A visit here can be months long without running out of things to do.

Great RV Trips to Take in Retirement

Great RV Trips to Take in Retirement

Mediterranen Coast, Spain and other European Countries

The Mediterranean Coast if Spain is a great location for an overseas retiree RV trip. Spain is often listed as one of the best places for US residents to retire on a budget. It has excellent culture, is generally friendly to foreigners, and sports a relatively low cost of living. The EU also has very streamlined travel regulations between nations, so it makes a great base camp to venture out and explore other EU member states and Switzerland.

RVing in Europe is typically done in smaller campervans than those you may be used to in the US. These RVs are designed to navigate the smaller roads in Europe and provide only the basic services you really need to live. A place to cook, a place to sleep and maybe a bathroom, although those are less common. The lack of RV amenities are made up for by the lifestyle in the area. The RV is truly just a place to sleep, the surrounding cities, towns and beaches will provide all amenities, activities and entertainment you could possibly ask for.

Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and Malaga are all excellent destinations. Each could be a standalone destination, or a coastal trip covering all of them is certainly possible. Peak season is in the spring and summer, but the weather is mild year-round so off-season trips can still be great while avoiding the crowds.

To plan a trip like this consider using a private owner RV rental service. These services will connect you to a great rental RV that can be picked up on location in Spain.

Great RV Trips to Take in Retirement

Great RV Trips to Take in Retirement

Desert Southwest, United States of America

The southern US is a great retirement RV destination. The weather is fantastic year-round so you can plan your trip at any time. While the southern US as a whole is a great retirement RV destination, the desert southwest stands out for a number of reasons. First, it has great weather. Not only is it generally warm, but also generally very dry. The lack of humidity does three things. First, it makes the warmer temps feel more pleasant. Second, when the sun goes down the temps tend to cool faster, making sleeping more pleasant. Finally, drier air is easier to breath and can be beneficial for a number of health conditions common in the retired community.

The desert southwest is also less crowded then places like Florida during the snowbird season and the cost of living is generally lower. There are other places in the south that are also less crowded then Florida, like Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. These are all great areas in their own right, but the desert southwest gets the edge for its better weather and greater prevalence of free or cheap camping opportunities.

From Palm Springs, CA east to New Mexico there is a great mix of cities and towns with a broad range of cultural and entertainment facilities. These areas are surrounded by camping facilities ranging from vast free boondocking areas to massive high-end resorts. The diversity here will allow any retiree to live exactly as they desire.

RVing during retirement is a great way to get out and see the world. Here we have looked at three great RV trips for retirees. These trips demonstrate the options retirees have for RVing regardless of location or time of year. A great trip is taking a great destination and get the most out of it for yourself and any of these locations will allow you to do that.

For more information about RV-Rentals, visit the company Outdoorsy HERE

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The Bears at Brooks Falls, Alaska

Brooks Falls

Brooks Falls

For many years, I dreamed of traveling to Alaska, at least once in my life, to watch the brown bears how they catch and eat the salmons at the Brooks Falls in the Katmai National Park. This  Preserve is located on the northern Alaska Peninsula, northwest of Kodiak Island and southwest of Homer. Unlike most national parks in the United States, Katmai is almost exclusively accessed by plane or boat. Last year, the time has finally come! My adventure trip to the Brooks Falls began with a flight from Anchorage to King Salmon with Katmai Air and from there in a small float plan to the Brooks Lodge. Upon arrival, the new visitors were briefed by the Rangers on how to behave, i.e. the „do’s and the don’ts“ inside and outside the lodge to avoid or at least to reduce the risk of human-bear conflicts. There we learned that the best defense is knowledge, preparation, and prevention. In fact, to be better prepared for encounters with bears, one should acquire knowledge about bear biology, ecology and behavior before visiting the Katmai National Park.

 

My conclusion after this Briefing was that – I WAS NOT PREPARED and bears were everywhere!  They were near the moored float planes, the camp and lodges, and two bears crossed may way after I left the main lodge! The distance from Brooks Lodge to the viewing platform at the Fall was „only“ 1000 meters … I was not frightened 🙂 and followed the following basic safety instructions that we just learned a few minutes ago 🙂

  • Be Alert!
  • Hike and Travel in Groups!
  • Make Noise and warn the Bears of your approach – they may shy away  
  • Do Not Approach Bears – if you encounter them by surprise, they could become defensive and dangerous!
  • Play dead if you are physically charged!

Bearing all this in mind, I was walking in a small Group and we were singing and clapping in our hands all the way, partly through a forest,  until we reached the Fall Platform which is located immediately adjacent to Brooks Fall. 

In short, watching the bears in the Brooks River how they catch and enjoy eating the salmons was an unforgettable experience. For this experience you do not have to fly to Katmai in Alaska. I have inserted for you in this post a short video. In this clip you can follow the bears from the viewing platform at Brooks Falls.

Viele Jahre lang träumte ich davon, mindestens einmal in meinem Leben nach Alaska zu reisen, um den Braunbären bei den Brooks Falls im Katmai National Park zuzusehen wie sie die flussaufwärts schwimmenden Lachse aus dem Wasser fischen und verzehren. Das Katmai Reservat befindet sich auf der nördlichen Halbinsel Alaska, nordwestlich von Kodiak Island und südwestlich von Homer. Im Gegensatz zu den meisten Nationalparks in den Vereinigten Staaten ist Katmai eigentlich nur mit dem Flugzeug oder Boot erreichbar. Letztes Jahr war es dann soweit. Meine Abenteuerreise zu den Brooks Falls begann in Anchorage mit einem Flug nach King Salmon und von dort ging’s dann weiter in einem kleinen Wasserflugzeug zur Brooks Lodge. Nach der Ankunft wurden die neuen Besucher von den Parkwächtern kurz angewiesen wie man sich innerhalb und ausserhalb der Lodge zu verhalten hat, d.h. die „dos and don’ts“ um das Risiko von Mensch-Bär-Konflikten zu vermeiden oder mindestens zu verringern.

Katmai Air at Brooks Lodge Alaska

Katmai Air at Brooks Lodge, Alaska

Dort hatten wir gelernt, dass die beste Verteidigung Wissen, Vorbereitung und Prävention ist. In der Tat, um auf Begegnungen mit Bären besser vorbereitet zu sein, sollte man sich vor dem Besuch des Katmai Nationalparks Wissen über Bärenbiologie, Ökologie und Verhalten aneignen. 

Mein Fazit nach diesem Briefing war – ich BIN NICHT VORBEREITET und Bären waren überall! Sie waren in der Nähe der vertäuten Wasserflugzeuge, des Lagers und der Hütten, und zwei Bären kreuzten meinen Weg in einer Entfernung von zwei Meter nachdem ich die Hauptlodge verlassen hatte! Die Distanz von der Brooks Lodge zur Aussichtsplattform an der Flussschwelle („the Fall“) war NUR 1000 Meter! … ich hatte keine Angst 🙂 und befolgte die folgenden grundlegenden Sicherheitsanweisungen, die wir gerade, vor ein paar Minuten, gelernt hatten 🙂

  • Sei Wachsam!
  • Gehe in Gruppen!
  • Mache Geräusche und warne die Bären vor deiner Annäherung – sie werden dich höchstwahrscheinlich meiden und sich zurückziehen!
  • Gehe nicht auf die Bären zu – wenn du sie überrumpelst, könnten sie defensiv und gefährlich werden!
  • Spiele tot, wenn sie dich körperlich attackieren!

In Anbetracht dessen schloss ich mich einer kleinen Gruppe an. Auf dem ganzen Weg, teilweise durch einen Wald, sangen und klatschten wir in unsere Hände bis wir die Aussicht-Plattform erreichten welche sich direkt neben dem Brooks Fall befindet.

Kurz gesagt, es war ein unvergessliches Erlebnis, den Bären im Brooks River zuzusehen, wie sie die Lachse fangen und genussvoll verspeisen. Für dieses Erlebnis musst Du nicht nach Katmai in Alaska fliegen, ich habe für Dich in diesem Beitrag ein kurzes Video eingefügt. In diesem Clip kannst Du die Bären von der Aussichtsplattform an den Brooks Falls verfolgen!

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Three Great RV-Trips to Take in Retirement

RVing (RV stands for Recreational Vehicle) is an extremely popular way to get out and experience the world for retirees across the globe. From the occasional trip to full time living, RVs provide a simple, comfortable and affordable way to travel year-round. Here are 3 great RV trips to take in retirement. These can be done as standalone trips, or easily incorporated into your full-time travels.

For more information about RV rentals, visit the company Outdoorsy HERE

 

Pacific Northwest, United States of America

This is a great summertime trip for retirees. While it is a common perception that this area has perpetual rain, there are great areas here to visit that buck that understanding. Located on the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula, towns like Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Townsend are located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. Sequim, which is located in the center of that rain shadow, receives only 14 inches of rain per year. The vast majority of that rain falls between October and April. The weather in peak season between June and September is absolutely delightful. It is sunny with low humidity and temps in the 70’s to low 80’s (21 – 26 centigrade). This is one reason Sequim has been ranked as one of the best small towns in the pacific northwest to live. It is also a very popular destination for west coast residents to move to for retirement.

The towns here are quaint seaside towns, particularly Sequim and Port Townsend. The surrounding area is absolutely beautiful, with the Olympic National Park just to the southwest. Port Townsend has a great walkable downtown area with nice restaurants and a first-rate farmer market every weekend. The nearby Fort Worden State Park is a former military installation where many of the buildings have been converted to art facilities. This is a great place to learn art from traditional painting to advanced woodworking.

The area is also a gateway to Seattle, the San Juan Islands and Victoria, BC, which is a short ferry ride from Port Angeles. This area makes a great standalone trip. A visit here can be months long without running out of things to do.

Great RV Trips to Take in Retirement

Great RV Trips to Take in Retirement

Mediterranen Coast, Spain and other European Countries

The Mediterranean Coast if Spain is a great location for an overseas retiree RV trip. Spain is often listed as one of the best places for US residents to retire on a budget. It has excellent culture, is generally friendly to foreigners, and sports a relatively low cost of living. The EU also has very streamlined travel regulations between nations, so it makes a great base camp to venture out and explore other EU member states and Switzerland.

RVing in Europe is typically done in smaller campervans than those you may be used to in the US. These RVs are designed to navigate the smaller roads in Europe and provide only the basic services you really need to live. A place to cook, a place to sleep and maybe a bathroom, although those are less common. The lack of RV amenities are made up for by the lifestyle in the area. The RV is truly just a place to sleep, the surrounding cities, towns and beaches will provide all amenities, activities and entertainment you could possibly ask for.

Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and Malaga are all excellent destinations. Each could be a standalone destination, or a coastal trip covering all of them is certainly possible. Peak season is in the spring and summer, but the weather is mild year-round so off-season trips can still be great while avoiding the crowds.

To plan a trip like this consider using a private owner RV rental service. These services will connect you to a great rental RV that can be picked up on location in Spain.

Great RV Trips to Take in Retirement

Great RV Trips to Take in Retirement

Desert Southwest, United States of America

The southern US is a great retirement RV destination. The weather is fantastic year-round so you can plan your trip at any time. While the southern US as a whole is a great retirement RV destination, the desert southwest stands out for a number of reasons. First, it has great weather. Not only is it generally warm, but also generally very dry. The lack of humidity does three things. First, it makes the warmer temps feel more pleasant. Second, when the sun goes down the temps tend to cool faster, making sleeping more pleasant. Finally, drier air is easier to breath and can be beneficial for a number of health conditions common in the retired community.

The desert southwest is also less crowded then places like Florida during the snowbird season and the cost of living is generally lower. There are other places in the south that are also less crowded then Florida, like Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. These are all great areas in their own right, but the desert southwest gets the edge for its better weather and greater prevalence of free or cheap camping opportunities.

From Palm Springs, CA east to New Mexico there is a great mix of cities and towns with a broad range of cultural and entertainment facilities. These areas are surrounded by camping facilities ranging from vast free boondocking areas to massive high-end resorts. The diversity here will allow any retiree to live exactly as they desire.

RVing during retirement is a great way to get out and see the world. Here we have looked at three great RV trips for retirees. These trips demonstrate the options retirees have for RVing regardless of location or time of year. A great trip is taking a great destination and get the most out of it for yourself and any of these locations will allow you to do that.

For more information about RV-Rentals, visit the company Outdoorsy HERE

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Three Great RV-Trips to Take in Retirement

RVing (RV stands for Recreational Vehicle) is an extremely popular way to get out and experience the world for retirees across the globe. From the occasional trip to full time living, RVs provide a simple, comfortable and affordable way to travel year-round. Here are 3 great RV trips to take in retirement. These can be done as standalone trips, or easily incorporated into your full-time travels.

For more information about RV rentals, visit the company Outdoorsy HERE

 

Pacific Northwest, United States of America

This is a great summertime trip for retirees. While it is a common perception that this area has perpetual rain, there are great areas here to visit that buck that understanding. Located on the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula, towns like Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Townsend are located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. Sequim, which is located in the center of that rain shadow, receives only 14 inches of rain per year. The vast majority of that rain falls between October and April. The weather in peak season between June and September is absolutely delightful. It is sunny with low humidity and temps in the 70’s to low 80’s (21 – 26 centigrade). This is one reason Sequim has been ranked as one of the best small towns in the pacific northwest to live. It is also a very popular destination for west coast residents to move to for retirement.

The towns here are quaint seaside towns, particularly Sequim and Port Townsend. The surrounding area is absolutely beautiful, with the Olympic National Park just to the southwest. Port Townsend has a great walkable downtown area with nice restaurants and a first-rate farmer market every weekend. The nearby Fort Worden State Park is a former military installation where many of the buildings have been converted to art facilities. This is a great place to learn art from traditional painting to advanced woodworking.

The area is also a gateway to Seattle, the San Juan Islands and Victoria, BC, which is a short ferry ride from Port Angeles. This area makes a great standalone trip. A visit here can be months long without running out of things to do.

Great RV Trips to Take in Retirement

Great RV Trips to Take in Retirement

Mediterranen Coast, Spain and other European Countries

The Mediterranean Coast if Spain is a great location for an overseas retiree RV trip. Spain is often listed as one of the best places for US residents to retire on a budget. It has excellent culture, is generally friendly to foreigners, and sports a relatively low cost of living. The EU also has very streamlined travel regulations between nations, so it makes a great base camp to venture out and explore other EU member states and Switzerland.

RVing in Europe is typically done in smaller campervans than those you may be used to in the US. These RVs are designed to navigate the smaller roads in Europe and provide only the basic services you really need to live. A place to cook, a place to sleep and maybe a bathroom, although those are less common. The lack of RV amenities are made up for by the lifestyle in the area. The RV is truly just a place to sleep, the surrounding cities, towns and beaches will provide all amenities, activities and entertainment you could possibly ask for.

Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and Malaga are all excellent destinations. Each could be a standalone destination, or a coastal trip covering all of them is certainly possible. Peak season is in the spring and summer, but the weather is mild year-round so off-season trips can still be great while avoiding the crowds.

To plan a trip like this consider using a private owner RV rental service. These services will connect you to a great rental RV that can be picked up on location in Spain.

Great RV Trips to Take in Retirement

Great RV Trips to Take in Retirement

Desert Southwest, United States of America

The southern US is a great retirement RV destination. The weather is fantastic year-round so you can plan your trip at any time. While the southern US as a whole is a great retirement RV destination, the desert southwest stands out for a number of reasons. First, it has great weather. Not only is it generally warm, but also generally very dry. The lack of humidity does three things. First, it makes the warmer temps feel more pleasant. Second, when the sun goes down the temps tend to cool faster, making sleeping more pleasant. Finally, drier air is easier to breath and can be beneficial for a number of health conditions common in the retired community.

The desert southwest is also less crowded then places like Florida during the snowbird season and the cost of living is generally lower. There are other places in the south that are also less crowded then Florida, like Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. These are all great areas in their own right, but the desert southwest gets the edge for its better weather and greater prevalence of free or cheap camping opportunities.

From Palm Springs, CA east to New Mexico there is a great mix of cities and towns with a broad range of cultural and entertainment facilities. These areas are surrounded by camping facilities ranging from vast free boondocking areas to massive high-end resorts. The diversity here will allow any retiree to live exactly as they desire.

RVing during retirement is a great way to get out and see the world. Here we have looked at three great RV trips for retirees. These trips demonstrate the options retirees have for RVing regardless of location or time of year. A great trip is taking a great destination and get the most out of it for yourself and any of these locations will allow you to do that.

For more information about RV-Rentals, visit the company Outdoorsy HERE

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The Brooks Falls, Alaska

Brooks Falls

Brooks Falls

For many years, I dreamed of traveling to Alaska, at least once in my life, to watch the brown bears how they catch and eat the salmons at the Brooks Falls in the Katmai National Park. This  Preserve is located on the northern Alaska Peninsula, northwest of Kodiak Island and southwest of Homer. Unlike most national parks in the United States, Katmai is almost exclusively accessed by plane or boat. Last year, the time has finally come! My adventure trip to the Brooks Falls began with a flight from Anchorage to King Salmon with Katmai Air and from there in a small float plan to the Brooks Lodge. Upon arrival, the new visitors were briefed by the Rangers on how to behave, i.e. the „do’s and the don’ts“ inside and outside the lodge to avoid or at least to reduce the risk of human-bear conflicts. There we learned that the best defense is knowledge, preparation, and prevention. In fact, to be better prepared for encounters with bears, one should acquire knowledge about bear biology, ecology and behavior before visiting the Katmai National Park.

 

My conclusion after this Briefing was that – I WAS NOT PREPARED and bears were everywhere!  They were near the moored float planes, the camp and lodges, and two bears crossed may way after I left the main lodge! The distance from Brooks Lodge to the viewing platform at the Fall was „only“ 1000 meters … I was not frightened 🙂 and followed the following basic safety instructions that we just learned a few minutes ago 🙂

  • Be Alert!
  • Hike and Travel in Groups!
  • Make Noise and warn the Bears of your approach – they may shy away  
  • Do Not Approach Bears – if you encounter them by surprise, they could become defensive and dangerous!
  • Play dead if you are physically charged!

Bearing all this in mind, I was walking in a small Group and we were singing and clapping in our hands all the way, partly through a forest,  until we reached the Fall Platform which is located immediately adjacent to Brooks Fall. 

In short, watching the bears in the Brooks River how they catch and enjoy eating the salmons was an unforgettable experience. For this experience you do not have to fly to Katmai in Alaska. I have inserted for you in this post a short video. In this clip you can follow the bears from the viewing platform at Brooks Falls.

Viele Jahre lang träumte ich davon, mindestens einmal in meinem Leben nach Alaska zu reisen, um den Braunbären bei den Brooks Falls im Katmai National Park zuzusehen wie sie die flussaufwärts schwimmenden Lachse aus dem Wasser fischen und verzehren. Das Katmai Reservat befindet sich auf der nördlichen Halbinsel Alaska, nordwestlich von Kodiak Island und südwestlich von Homer. Im Gegensatz zu den meisten Nationalparks in den Vereinigten Staaten ist Katmai eigentlich nur mit dem Flugzeug oder Boot erreichbar. Letztes Jahr war es dann soweit. Meine Abenteuerreise zu den Brooks Falls begann in Anchorage mit einem Flug nach King Salmon und von dort ging’s dann weiter in einem kleinen Wasserflugzeug zur Brooks Lodge. Nach der Ankunft wurden die neuen Besucher von den Parkwächtern kurz angewiesen wie man sich innerhalb und ausserhalb der Lodge zu verhalten hat, d.h. die „dos and don’ts“ um das Risiko von Mensch-Bär-Konflikten zu vermeiden oder mindestens zu verringern.

Katmai Air at Brooks Lodge Alaska

Katmai Air at Brooks Lodge, Alaska

Dort hatten wir gelernt, dass die beste Verteidigung Wissen, Vorbereitung und Prävention ist. In der Tat, um auf Begegnungen mit Bären besser vorbereitet zu sein, sollte man sich vor dem Besuch des Katmai Nationalparks Wissen über Bärenbiologie, Ökologie und Verhalten aneignen. 

Mein Fazit nach diesem Briefing war – ich BIN NICHT VORBEREITET und Bären waren überall! Sie waren in der Nähe der vertäuten Wasserflugzeuge, des Lagers und der Hütten, und zwei Bären kreuzten meinen Weg in einer Entfernung von zwei Meter nachdem ich die Hauptlodge verlassen hatte! Die Distanz von der Brooks Lodge zur Aussichtsplattform an der Flussschwelle („the Fall“) war NUR 1000 Meter! … ich hatte keine Angst 🙂 und befolgte die folgenden grundlegenden Sicherheitsanweisungen, die wir gerade, vor ein paar Minuten, gelernt hatten 🙂

  • Sei Wachsam!
  • Gehe in Gruppen!
  • Mache Geräusche und warne die Bären vor deiner Annäherung – sie werden dich höchstwahrscheinlich meiden und sich zurückziehen!
  • Gehe nicht auf die Bären zu – wenn du sie überrumpelst, könnten sie defensiv und gefährlich werden!
  • Spiele tot, wenn sie dich körperlich attackieren!

In Anbetracht dessen schloss ich mich einer kleinen Gruppe an. Auf dem ganzen Weg, teilweise durch einen Wald, sangen und klatschten wir in unsere Hände bis wir die Aussicht-Plattform erreichten welche sich direkt neben dem Brooks Fall befindet.

Kurz gesagt, es war ein unvergessliches Erlebnis, den Bären im Brooks River zuzusehen, wie sie die Lachse fangen und genussvoll verspeisen. Für dieses Erlebnis musst Du nicht nach Katmai in Alaska fliegen, ich habe für Dich in diesem Beitrag ein kurzes Video eingefügt. In diesem Clip kannst Du die Bären von der Aussichtsplattform an den Brooks Falls verfolgen!

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New York City

A memorable Manhattan sunrise on the first morning of our week in New York City

via My New York City Eye Opener — Streets of Nuremberg

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The Bears at Brooks Falls, Alaska

Brooks Falls

Brooks Falls

For many years, I dreamed of traveling to Alaska, at least once in my life, to watch the brown bears how they catch and eat the salmons at the Brooks Falls in the Katmai National Park. This  Preserve is located on the northern Alaska Peninsula, northwest of Kodiak Island and southwest of Homer. Unlike most national parks in the United States, Katmai is almost exclusively accessed by plane or boat. Last year, the time has finally come! My adventure trip to the Brooks Falls began with a flight from Anchorage to King Salmon with Katmai Air and from there in a small float plan to the Brooks Lodge. Upon arrival, the new visitors were briefed by the Rangers on how to behave, i.e. the „do’s and the don’ts“ inside and outside the lodge to avoid or at least to reduce the risk of human-bear conflicts. There we learned that the best defense is knowledge, preparation, and prevention. In fact, to be better prepared for encounters with bears, one should acquire knowledge about bear biology, ecology and behavior before visiting the Katmai National Park.

 

My conclusion after this Briefing was that – I WAS NOT PREPARED and bears were everywhere!  They were near the moored float planes, the camp and lodges, and two bears crossed may way after I left the main lodge! The distance from Brooks Lodge to the viewing platform at the Fall was „only“ 1000 meters … I was not frightened 🙂 and followed the following basic safety instructions that we just learned a few minutes ago 🙂

  • Be Alert!
  • Hike and Travel in Groups!
  • Make Noise and warn the Bears of your approach – they may shy away  
  • Do Not Approach Bears – if you encounter them by surprise, they could become defensive and dangerous!
  • Play dead if you are physically charged!

Bearing all this in mind, I was walking in a small Group and we were singing and clapping in our hands all the way, partly through a forest,  until we reached the Fall Platform which is located immediately adjacent to Brooks Fall. 

In short, watching the bears in the Brooks River how they catch and enjoy eating the salmons was an unforgettable experience. For this experience you do not have to fly to Katmai in Alaska. I have inserted for you in this post a short video. In this clip you can follow the bears from the viewing platform at Brooks Falls.

Viele Jahre lang träumte ich davon, mindestens einmal in meinem Leben nach Alaska zu reisen, um den Braunbären bei den Brooks Falls im Katmai National Park zuzusehen wie sie die flussaufwärts schwimmenden Lachse aus dem Wasser fischen und verzehren. Das Katmai Reservat befindet sich auf der nördlichen Halbinsel Alaska, nordwestlich von Kodiak Island und südwestlich von Homer. Im Gegensatz zu den meisten Nationalparks in den Vereinigten Staaten ist Katmai eigentlich nur mit dem Flugzeug oder Boot erreichbar. Letztes Jahr war es dann soweit. Meine Abenteuerreise zu den Brooks Falls begann in Anchorage mit einem Flug nach King Salmon und von dort ging’s dann weiter in einem kleinen Wasserflugzeug zur Brooks Lodge. Nach der Ankunft wurden die neuen Besucher von den Parkwächtern kurz angewiesen wie man sich innerhalb und ausserhalb der Lodge zu verhalten hat, d.h. die „dos and don’ts“ um das Risiko von Mensch-Bär-Konflikten zu vermeiden oder mindestens zu verringern.

Katmai Air at Brooks Lodge Alaska

Katmai Air at Brooks Lodge, Alaska

Dort hatten wir gelernt, dass die beste Verteidigung Wissen, Vorbereitung und Prävention ist. In der Tat, um auf Begegnungen mit Bären besser vorbereitet zu sein, sollte man sich vor dem Besuch des Katmai Nationalparks Wissen über Bärenbiologie, Ökologie und Verhalten aneignen. 

Mein Fazit nach diesem Briefing war – ich BIN NICHT VORBEREITET und Bären waren überall! Sie waren in der Nähe der vertäuten Wasserflugzeuge, des Lagers und der Hütten, und zwei Bären kreuzten meinen Weg in einer Entfernung von zwei Meter nachdem ich die Hauptlodge verlassen hatte! Die Distanz von der Brooks Lodge zur Aussichtsplattform an der Flussschwelle („the Fall“) war NUR 1000 Meter! … ich hatte keine Angst 🙂 und befolgte die folgenden grundlegenden Sicherheitsanweisungen, die wir gerade, vor ein paar Minuten, gelernt hatten 🙂

  • Sei Wachsam!
  • Gehe in Gruppen!
  • Mache Geräusche und warne die Bären vor deiner Annäherung – sie werden dich höchstwahrscheinlich meiden und sich zurückziehen!
  • Gehe nicht auf die Bären zu – wenn du sie überrumpelst, könnten sie defensiv und gefährlich werden!
  • Spiele tot, wenn sie dich körperlich attackieren!

In Anbetracht dessen schloss ich mich einer kleinen Gruppe an. Auf dem ganzen Weg, teilweise durch einen Wald, sangen und klatschten wir in unsere Hände bis wir die Aussicht-Plattform erreichten welche sich direkt neben dem Brooks Fall befindet.

Kurz gesagt, es war ein unvergessliches Erlebnis, den Bären im Brooks River zuzusehen, wie sie die Lachse fangen und genussvoll verspeisen. Für dieses Erlebnis musst Du nicht nach Katmai in Alaska fliegen, ich habe für Dich in diesem Beitrag ein kurzes Video eingefügt. In diesem Clip kannst Du die Bären von der Aussichtsplattform an den Brooks Falls verfolgen!

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Katmai National Park, Alaska – the Bears at Brooks Falls

For many years, I dreamed of traveling to Alaska, at least once in my life, to watch the brown bears how they catch and eat the salmons at the Brooks Falls in the Katmai National Park. This  Preserve is located on the northern Alaska Peninsula, northwest of Kodiak Island and southwest of Homer. Unlike most national parks in the United States, Katmai is almost exclusively accessed by plane or boat. Last year, the time has finally come! My adventure trip to the Brooks Falls began with a flight from Anchorage to King Salmon with Katmai Air and from there in a small float plan to the Brooks Lodge. Upon arrival, the new visitors were briefed by the Rangers on how to behave, i.e. the „do’s and the don’ts“ inside and outside the lodge to avoid or at least to reduce the risk of human-bear conflicts. There we learned that the best defense is knowledge, preparation, and prevention. In fact, to be better prepared for encounters with bears, one should acquire knowledge about bear biology, ecology and behavior before visiting the Katmai National Park.

My conclusion after this Briefing was that – I WAS NOT PREPARED and bears were everywhere!  They were near the moored float planes, the camp and lodges, and two bears crossed may way after I left the main lodge! The distance from Brooks Lodge to the viewing platform at the Fall was „only“ 1000 meters … I was not frightened 🙂 and followed the following basic safety instructions that we just learned a few minutes ago 🙂

  • Be Alert!
  • Hike and Travel in Groups!
  • Make Noise and warn the Bears of your approach – they may shy away  
  • Do Not Approach Bears – if you encounter them by surprise, they could become defensive and dangerous!
  • Play dead if you are physically charged!

Bearing all this in mind, I was walking in a small Group and we were singing and clapping in our hands all the way, partly through a forest,  until we reached the Fall Platform which is located immediately adjacent to Brooks Fall. 

In short, watching the bears in the Brooks River how they catch and enjoy eating the salmons was an unforgettable experience. For this experience you do not have to fly to Katmai in Alaska. I have inserted for you in this post a short video. In this clip you can follow the bears from the viewing platform at Brooks Falls.

Viele Jahre lang träumte ich davon, mindestens einmal in meinem Leben nach Alaska zu reisen, um den Braunbären bei den Brooks Falls im Katmai National Park zuzusehen wie sie die flussaufwärts schwimmenden Lachse aus dem Wasser fischen und verzehren. Das Katmai Reservat befindet sich auf der nördlichen Halbinsel Alaska, nordwestlich von Kodiak Island und südwestlich von Homer. Im Gegensatz zu den meisten Nationalparks in den Vereinigten Staaten ist Katmai eigentlich nur mit dem Flugzeug oder Boot erreichbar. Letztes Jahr war es dann soweit. Meine Abenteuerreise zu den Brooks Falls begann in Anchorage mit einem Flug nach King Salmon und von dort ging’s dann weiter in einem kleinen Wasserflugzeug zur Brooks Lodge. Nach der Ankunft wurden die neuen Besucher von den Parkwächtern kurz angewiesen wie man sich innerhalb und ausserhalb der Lodge zu verhalten hat, d.h. die „dos and don’ts“ um das Risiko von Mensch-Bär-Konflikten zu vermeiden oder mindestens zu verringern.

Katmai Air at Brooks Lodge Alaska

Katmai Air at Brooks Lodge, Alaska

Dort hatten wir gelernt, dass die beste Verteidigung Wissen, Vorbereitung und Prävention ist. In der Tat, um auf Begegnungen mit Bären besser vorbereitet zu sein, sollte man sich vor dem Besuch des Katmai Nationalparks Wissen über Bärenbiologie, Ökologie und Verhalten aneignen. 

Mein Fazit nach diesem Briefing war – ich BIN NICHT VORBEREITET und Bären waren überall! Sie waren in der Nähe der vertäuten Wasserflugzeuge, des Lagers und der Hütten, und zwei Bären kreuzten meinen Weg in einer Entfernung von zwei Meter nachdem ich die Hauptlodge verlassen hatte! Die Distanz von der Brooks Lodge zur Aussichtsplattform an der Flussschwelle („the Fall“) war NUR 1000 Meter! … ich hatte keine Angst 🙂 und befolgte die folgenden grundlegenden Sicherheitsanweisungen, die wir gerade, vor ein paar Minuten, gelernt hatten 🙂

  • Sei Wachsam!
  • Gehe in Gruppen!
  • Mache Geräusche und warne die Bären vor deiner Annäherung – sie werden dich höchstwahrscheinlich meiden und sich zurückziehen!
  • Gehe nicht auf die Bären zu – wenn du sie überrumpelst, könnten sie defensiv und gefährlich werden!
  • Spiele tot, wenn sie dich körperlich attackieren!

In Anbetracht dessen schloss ich mich einer kleinen Gruppe an. Auf dem ganzen Weg, teilweise durch einen Wald, sangen und klatschten wir in unsere Hände bis wir die Aussicht-Plattform erreichten welche sich direkt neben dem Brooks Fall befindet.

Kurz gesagt, es war ein unvergessliches Erlebnis, den Bären im Brooks River zuzusehen, wie sie die Lachse fangen und genussvoll verspeisen. Für dieses Erlebnis musst Du nicht nach Katmai in Alaska fliegen, ich habe für Dich in diesem Beitrag ein kurzes Video eingefügt. In diesem Clip kannst Du die Bären von der Aussichtsplattform an den Brooks Falls verfolgen!

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Destination New York City

A memorable Manhattan sunrise on the first morning of our week in New York City

via My New York City Eye Opener — Streets of Nuremberg

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