Fruits and veggies grow at a fast rate in
Alaska because the growing season is so
short and the days are extremely long.
Not far out of Anchorage,
toward the Alyeska ski resort, there are hills of wild blueberries in the
summers. The path is marked by what is
barely recognizable as a trail wondering off into the woods. We had to park on the shoulder of the highway
and hike about two miles. Once we
climbed the embankment, the whole area was covered with blueberry bushes. It didn’t take long to fill the buckets we
packed up the hill with the juicy, sweet berries.
Photo by Nature Pics
As we discovered, black bears also loved this treat. We stumbled upon a mama bear and her two cubs on one such outing. I wish I had a camera with me, but of course, bears were the last thing on my mind.
We slowly backtracked with not many berries that day. She only looked at us and didn’t advance, but we kept our distance. I wasn’t frightened at all, only awed at the scene before me.
Every summer we made several trips to this same place and never saw another bear.
Have you ever come this close to wild animals?