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Thursday, January 11, 2007

An Alaskan Trip to See Animals

By Michael Russell

If you are planning a trip to Alaska, you can expect to see plenty of animals once you get there. They are everywhere, but if you want to increase your chances of seeing one, go to any river or stream. Moose visit these areas to get a drink of water during the day, so you will probably see a few there. The best chance to see moose is at around 5:00 am near a stream, if you go there during this time, you are guaranteed to see one. Besides moose, you will also find other animals such as a foxes, which may be across the street, a black bear catching fish and even reindeer. Some reindeer and moose stand near busy intersections in Alaska, so you cannot miss a chance to see an animal during your trip. Be sure to bring some insect spray, because you will not see the mosquitoes, but you will feel them.

If you would like a chance to see as many animals as possible, you can visit the Alaska zoo. You will get to see many types of animals including the ones that are currently in the wild. After you have seen the zoo, you can either use your own car to see more animals or take a tour bus. If you take your own car, you should visit Montana Creek and Little Sue River because during salmon season, you will get a chance to spot some black bears. You should be very careful when you see a bear because bears are dangerous animals and you should approach them with care. A tour bus is completely different and it has some advantages and disadvantages. The tour bus guide will tell you a bit more about the animals that show up during the ride, so it is a great way to relax and learn. The problem is that sometimes a loud tour bus with 50 or more tourists can scare the animals and you will not get a chance to see them up close.

You should consider the shuttle bus tour that goes to Fish Creek or Wonder Lake because this trip is longer and the cost is cheaper. This bus goes 85 miles instead of 53 and the cost is reasonable at $30.00 for each person. It is going to be a long ride, so be sure to bring something to eat like a few sandwiches or something that will stay fresh. You will see many animals from a distance and without a pair of binoculars, you will not get a good view. The most important thing you need to bring during this bus ride is a camera, a digital camera in particular for a few reasons. Firstly, you will not run out of film so you can take as many photos as you want and delete the others. Secondly, you can see your photo in the viewer after you take it, so you will know what the actual print will look like. Finally, you do not have to wait for your photos to return to you after developing.

Alaska has plenty animals everywhere, so keeping watching in the wild and you will find one. They can be found in the park, near the river and stream and during a tour bus trip.

Michael Russell Your Independent guide to Alaska


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