I thought I'd share these two photos with you. These photos are from 3 weeks ago, when we did our CPR/First Aid training. Me and Sam were practicing wrapping our near-fatal wounds.
Eve was in so much pain. She had just broken her arm. And I made her sling! Doesn't it look amazing?
Anyway, so it doesn't seem like a lot's going on here, but we have been doing a lot of hikes and other extracurricular activities that are keeping us busy. This is a photo from a hike we did down the Russian River Lakes Trail. It was a 4.6 mi hike, and the end result was absolutely breathtaking. The speed and rush of the water was unreal. And I finally got my postcard pictures.
Eve was a little perturbed by the fact that our supervisor gave us a can of INERT bear spray for our hike. We didn't realize 'til we were halfway through our hike that we had been carrying around a useless can of bear spray. It's a good thing we didn't come across any bears...because I would have had to bring out my kung fu moves and there would be a dead bear we'd have to worry about.
This sight was RIGHT outside of our bunkhouse just down the road. A momma black bear and her two cubs. Since I've been here, I've seen three momma bears and her two cubs - that's 9 bears - plus three lone bears - that's 12 bears I've seen here since I've been in Alaska. How cool is that?
This is a photo of Eve and me rolling down a hill. We went on a hike down these trails that are used for cross-country skiing in the winter. We saw this hill and we just had to roll down it. Below is a photo of Sam, me, Eve and Julia. These are our uniforms! Now you know (yes, Katie, you especially) how we look like and what we have to wear. We are sometimes mistaken for cops. But I don't have a problem with that. Anyway, this is us on top of bear mountain. This was an approx. 2 mi. hike - and let me tell you, the name fits. We saw 6 places where there was fresh bear scat, and trees that had their bark torn off. Bears have been sighted on this trail. I'm sure if there's been record of any bear maulings, though. Have I got you scared?
This is a tree that shows the typical signs of having encountered a bear. I felt where the scratch marks are, and my hand got covered in sap. On the other side of this area on the tree, there was just gobs and gobs of sap that had run down the side of it - it kind of looked like a the side of candle that had been burning for hours.
And there's the bear! AHHHHHH!!! Pretty strange looking bear, if you ask me. But when we asked if it was a bear, she promptly replied, "Yes. I am indeed a bear."
Bear scat! This is how it usually looks like. That is, if it eats its typical diet of shrubbery and berries. Human diet, though...may make it look a little different.
This is the beaut! So lovely, eh? I held it up as well (shame we didn't get any pictures) and it was heavy! I was extremely in awe/proud of Sam.
This is Sam holding up her catch! Big, eh? She was so ecstatic.
One more picture of the sunset.
Picture of me, Julia, Eve and Sam on the Russian River Ferry.
Picture of Sam on a tree/log across Skilak lake. We went on a 2.6 mi hike today on Hidden Creek trail. It was so beautiful and clear out today.
Anyway, I'm ending this post as it's ridiculously long and I'm tired. Hope it was enjoyable! Hopefully I'll be writing back with more fishing and hiking tales...because supposedly I'm going fishing again tomorrow! Whee!