On Sep 2019
Hayden, our guide was a delightful young man who shared his experiences with us throughout the trip. The wind was blowing at 30mph and at times the current was quite strong. Despite this he maintained a cheerful disposition. We spotted several eagles and large blue herons and were on a quest to discover bears. Due to the weather we returned to land a little early, but as we were leaving the area were unexpectedly rewarded with a sighting of two bears in the river alongside the entrance road. What a delight! Many others were eagerly taking photos along the river bank and we joined them. I took short video clips and was ecstatic to see the bears, as that had been my desire throughout the Alaska Trip! Hayden allowed us to stay as long as we needed to enjoy the frolicking of these two magnificent animals. Thank you, Hayden and Alaska Shore Excursions for providing us with two great guides and two well planned trips.
On Aug 2019
I was the only person to sign up for this excursion (similar to the guided hike I went on the day before) and again, I really appreciated the company taking me as a solo passenger. One other guide joined us and between the two of them, I learned a ton about the lake, the trees, the salmon (who wore spawning), and the environment in general. Like my hiking guide, I was super impressed with their knowledge. And it was a beautiful day with perfect temperatures so the trip couldn t have been better. Thank you!