It was great fun out in the Mud Bay district. Halibut and Salmon were on demand...
with our boss man, Joe Ordonez on the grill. He also brought beer and wine a plenty. I won't mention the stories I heard about the hot tub, which happened after my husband and I left. The party must have kicked into overdrive.....oooh la la !
Good times, memories, and friends were made this summer while guiding for RGA. I have learned the history, biology and geology of Haines, seen the most beautiful days on record, and have gotten to know the greatest people in Haines.....they are the real gems of this rain forest paradise. RGA has been an excellent company to work for and I hope to have many more years with them.
Off Beat is where we give guests an inside peak into the "characters" of Haines Alaska, and show them a few of our most famous ones. We show and tell how people in Haines live. Guests are fascinated at how we live up here, heck I'm fascinated at how we live up here. I got to guide one of my own "Off Beat" tours after driving for the gals for 5 tours in two days. It is a super fun tour!
I also got to drive for a "Chilkoot River Wildlife" Tour. That means I got to see the bears!!! Cruise ship guests were hearing other guests brag about seeing bears and next thing you know we had an impromptu tour lined up with 17 people wanting to go bear viewing in the evening (17 is large for RGA tours - we normally keep our tours small in number so the experience is more intimate for the guests). I drove the bus and Deb entertained the guests with stories about the Salmon Run, the Eagles, and the Bears.
One of my favorite things to do in Haines is go out and see the bears at Chilkoot River. We saw 8 bears that evening and the guests were ecstatic. This one Sow had 4 cubs, one of them was the smallest little cub I ever saw. It must have been a super duper runt. It had a hard time keeping up with its normal sized siblings and big mama. It looked like they had a little poodle following them around. It was a lively little guy though, he didn't seem to get any extra attention from its mom or siblings.....they treated him just like the others; tackling, rolling and play fighting.
I get to take out another bear tour today if one materializes. I hope so.
Yesterday was my last "Gold Rush to Porcupine Creek" tour. Don't worry folks, if your in route up here to go on the Gold Rush to Porcupine tour, we may have a few more this season. I would hurry though, winter is coming quickly and the mines will be closing soon. I wont be guiding any more this summer because I'm leaving on vacation for a big family reunion in my hometown state of Arizona. I know I know, it is going to be hot as hell. That is why I have enjoyed our cool, rain fill days the last couple of weeks.
They were up for any adventure that came our way. When I plowed through a mud slide on Haines Highway they just put there hands in the air and said, "WWwwhhhheeee" instead of screaming and cursing in terror. When we forded the flood filled Porcupine Road they were excited for the opportunity to 4-wheel drive. When we carefully edged between a sink hole and the cliff edge on the same Porcupine Road, they seemed perfectly calm. All in all, an excellent family to end my gold tours for 2011.
Haines graced them with some amazing photo opportunities. We had a close encounter with a bear. We were parked watching this brown (grizzly) bear eat berries across the road. The bear came right up to us on the road and "huffed" at us (it sounds like a snort and is a sign of anxiety or anger building). He was telling us to move on so he could cross over the road to where we were.....so we did.
That is OK, Ill be back next year to find it!
Till then, Happy Panning - I'm off to find the Lost Dutchman Mine of the Superstition Mountains!
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