Ever since we saw Tom Mengleson's photograph of a Brown Bear at the top of Brooks Falls with a Salmon inches from his mouth, Genie and I have wanted to come to the Brooks River. When we found out that our Norwegian friends, Marit Berling and Morten Langoy, were coming here, we could not resist joining them.
When my son and I were planning a fishing trip in Alaska a couple of years ago, Morten sent me a picture of his friend Trond-Erik Johansen fishing with a Brown Bear in the Kulik River. That introduced us to Kulik Lodge in Katmai. I went there with Andy and my son-in-law Kevin Byrd in 2011. See those pics here.
This year, Trond-Erik and his wife Hilde invited Morten and Marit to come to Brooks fishing. Genie and I invited ourselves, and last week we all met up at Brooks Lodge in Katmai. It took four plane rides to get here, landing in the Nankek Lake by floatplane. See the first day's bear-watching here.
There is much debate about women's role in church. I think Rachel Held Evans brings some nice balance to the debate with her post on resources for mutual submission. Love to hear what you think. See it here.