The photo is not verey exciting, sorry, but beyond Izembek Lagoon is the Bering Sea. It officially start past the barrier islands, the Kudiakof Islands.
We have been travelling in the gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean, so it is interesting to sea another body of water.
Captain Bering's expedition included Steller as ships surgeon, and many of the species he discovered, named for him, ar seen in this part of the world.
As you venture west in Alaska, the trees disappear! There are no trees in the Aleutian Islands, and there are no trees in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge!
The terrain here is mostly flat with some gentle rolling hills, and provides excellent area for wildlife viewing. Caribou winter here, and brown bears are common.
After Alaska was puchased from Russia surveyors were sent to reconnoiter this new land. The surveyor named this place "Grant's Point" for U S Grant the president at the time of the survey. This point overlooks the Izembek Lagoon.
Since the weather can turn nasty, this observation hut was erected, and then in a testament to the weather tied down securely. (note the metal strapping). It doesn't provide much in the way of viewing with the glass spotted by rain, but it does offer respite from the winds.
There is a long runway in Cold Bay, and it is a diversion site for the Space Shuttle, though it hasn't landed here yet. Other airplanes have been diverted here, causing some confusion for the travelers headed someplace more populous.
We took the Alaska Marine Highway which makes the trip once a month from April through October. Our visit was way too brief. Since the ferry doesn't stop on it's return, you can't book to and from, for a weekend visit, bummer!
The Fish and Wildlife service is happy to help you in your visit to Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. They are happy for any visitors, it is very remote. The Refuge headquarters is a half mile from the airport terminal, and is open weekdays from 8:00a till 4:30p.
We took the Fish and Wildlife Service Bus from the pier over 11 miles of old Army Roads to the Lagoon at Grant's Point. (See my Cold Bay page for a more exciting description of the ride).
Brown Bears are common here, so be Bear Aware! Cook away from your campsite, and keep your food in airtight containers. If you are fishing and a bear approaches, cut your line. Do Not Run! Bears are very fast. Talk to the bear in a calm authoritative voice.
"Hello, Mr Bear. I am not good to eat, I have this nasty skin of nylon that doesn't taste very good. I think you should try the fish, or maybe some berries. Now skeedaddle, go on, get going. See ya later, Mr Bear"