Alaskan & Canadian Wildlife… and a few dogs
One of the many reason I decided to come to Alaska and Canada, was to experience the nature and with this see some wildlife. Although I did not see all the animals I was hoping to see, I had some amazing experiences that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
The feeling you get when a bear stands only 20 meters from you, looking you in the eye… is a feeling you can’t describe (or maybe I can). Your heartbeat race at 180 beats a minute, while your eyes scan from side to side looking at the bears reaction, legs steady and your mind focused on only one thing, the bears behaviour and reaction towards you. Do you scream and chase it away or wait that he/she makes the first move. With the pepper spray on the handlebars, I did not reach for it once.
I had one VERY close encounter as I was slowly moving up a small hill, when a bear came out of nowhere trying to cross the road. He was running and both of us saw each other the same time, only 5 meters from each other. Im still not sure who got the biggest fright. The bear was on his way to stand on his back legs to look big, but in that one upward movement, turned around and ran away. My heart was racing, but had one massive smile on my face. A pickup truck stopped next to me and the guy said “Man that was close”… I replied “Man, that was awesome!!” Yes, I was nearly ran over by a bear, but that few second our eyes met, is one moment that goes into my book of best moments in my life!
Each encounter with all the animals was special. From where a Caribou ran right past me (1 meter to be exact) in Denali National Park, a Grizzly huffing at me on a close encounter, all the Moose, chasing coyotes off tables in a campground, Dall Sheep on the mountains, rabbits, hare, otters, owls, squirrels, eagles, falcons, birds and whatever was breaking the branches during the nights close to the tent.
Alaska and Canada is truly amazing countries where you are still able to experience these encounters.
Im still waiting to see the amazing wolf 🙂
Enjoy the pictures!
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Cheers for now,