A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
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The round-rumped grizzly bear ambled toward us, and I swallowed a scream and the urge to run. It had 6 million acres of Denali National Park and Preserve wilderness in which to roam, yet somehow this bear had managed to find my backpacking partner and me, alone on the Savage River.
On and off the road system, Alaska is dotted with cities, towns and villages that give the state its real character.
Luck struck around 6:30 a.m. Sunday -- less than nine hours before the end of the 10-day Slam'n Salm'n derby -- when Robert Hayes hooked a 40.97-pound king salmon that made him the winner.
Summer solstice marked the beginning of the warm season last week, but two Anchorage fly-fishermen discovered Monday morning that winter still lingers deep in the Chugach Mountains.
Pelican, Alaska, sits on the northwest coast of Chichagof Island on Lisianski Inlet.
Pelican, population 135, is a fishing community, and it sees a seasonal population influx of commercial fishermen and cold storage plant workers. Most employment is at Pelican Seafoods, which also owns the electric utility, a fuel company and store. The plant was closed by its Japanese owners in 1989 but reopened after Kake Tribal Corp. bought it in 1996.
A cold storage plant was the first development at this site in 1938.
Kalle "Charley" Raataikainen bought fish in this area, which he transported to Sitka. He chose this protected inlet as an ideal cold storage site and named the place after his fish-packing vessel, the Pelican. Two of his fish-buying scows were used as a cookhouse, mess hall, bunkhouse and warehouse, and the community formed around this operation.
A store, office, sawmill, post office and sauna had been erected by 1939. A school and cannery were developed in the 1940s, and a city was formed in 1943.
Source: Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development