Tell us about a standout memory in Haines.
The fondest memory I have of Haines comes from our last day on the first trip I took there…we drove about 5 miles north on the Lutak inlet up to the Chilkoot Lake. This area is known to have a fair amount of bear sightings. We parked on the road and started walking toward the lake, along the Chilkoot River. Just across the water, we spotted a mother grizzly bear with a small cub, fishing along the crest. They meandered for an hour up stream, as we followed opposite the water (from a safe distance.) It had been an hour of watching them sway in and out of the water and tree line when my family suggested we head out. I insisted that we wait another moment, I felt the bears would pop out on this clearing in a shallow part of the water. Sure enough, they did and I snapped an incredible photo with the cub looking right at me. It was so magical to watch these mesmerizing animals in the wild. I’ll never forget it.