Every few years the bug strikes, and we just have to go back to "our spot" in Alaska. We originaly went there to take photographs many years ago, and we
still go there to do that - but also to enjoy the special wilderness environment - both the land and its inhabitants.
We head for the little almost-abandoned ghost town of Hyder in Alaska. This is just over the border from the western edge of Canada and the most practical way to get there is to take a plane to the closest town in Canada with airline service, then rent a car and drive.
Where we are going is in the Tongass Forest, 26,000 square miles (68,000 sq km - about the size of The Netherlands and Belgium combined) spread over snow-capped mountains and fjords - most of it inaccessible except by sea-plane or helicopter, with just a few roads.
So we fly first to Vancouver and change planes there for the little town of Smithers in central British Columbia. After staying the night, we set out in our rent-a-car to drive
to the town of Stewart (population 496) about five hours drive north-west and just inside Canada still. That is where we have booked a motel. From there is then another 5 miles to the border and our ultimate photo destination - the
ghost-town of Hyder, and near to it Fish Creek where the bears hang out.