Grizzly Bear Tracks
A medium sized grizzly bear track compared to the size of my muddy boots. The mud gives you an idea of what it is like wandering around the Katmai Coast – a swampy world where land meets sea. Alaska has some of the world’s highest tidal variations. The Katmai coastal meadows flood for miles with every high tide. The bears traverse through the mud and streams with much more grace than us humans. I’ve sunk up to my knees in mud more than once falling on my face like some quick-sand cartoon.
“Arctic Mangrove” might be a better way to describe the flooded, salty Katmai National Park coastline. Here’s an aerial view of the swamp like coast line: