There is much more to Katmai National Park than the brown bears at Brooks Camp, although that’s what the park is most known for today. The park also includes 15 volcanoes, making it one of the most active volcanic centers in the world. We were able to get a peek at some of the park’s scenic beauty on our flight from Brooks Camp back to Homer.
It was about 8:00 pm when we left Brooks Camp. Our plane looked so lonely sitting by itself along Naknek Lake. It was raining, and Trent had not decided which route he would take on the return flight.
|It Was a Long, but Happy Day|
|Last Plane Out|
Trent soon decided that he should fly below the clouds, thus giving us our first close-up view of Katmai from the air. We flew above the Bay of Islands and next to rugged, snow-covered mountainsides. Braided rivers fanned out below us amid the lush green canyons. All we could see was a remote and awesome wilderness.
|Departing Brooks Camp Over Naknek Lake|
|The Bay of Islands|
|Steep Mountain Walls|
|Lush Green Canyons|
|Patches of Snow on the Tundra|
|Mountains Still Covered with Snow|
The views were stunning. Although it rained from time to time, the sun eventually came out, and rays of sunlight illuminated the landscape. I was tempted to just sit back and enjoy the scenery, but I couldn’t seem to give the camera a rest. I wanted to capture the moment, the light, the views. I’m not sure I succeeded, but it’s sure nice to have a few images to help me remember an incredible day.
|Sun Shining Through|
|Rays of Light|
|Approaching Cook Inlet|
As we left Katmai National Park and crossed over Cook Inlet, we saw Augustine Volcano, a relatively young volcano that juts up from water to form Augustine Island. Just one more reminder of the Ring of Fire that is such a presence along the coast of Alaska and the rest of the Pacific Rim.
|Who Knows When This One Will Erupt Again|