Valdez, Alaska: Just arrived on Alaskan soil at our beautiful B+B in the forest. We got out of the taxi and I immediately took a stroll around the corner of the house to see the Wildflowers blooming in the garden and to admire the view over Prince William Sound.
First thing that happened, I came face to face with a Black Bear. I squealed and bolted one way, he snorted and bolted the other. My husband tells of standing there as I flashed past him at light speed, colourfully yelling about what Id just seen and rushed indoors to safety. Our hostess wasn”t home but she had left the house open for us with a note to make ourselves comfortable. We ventured out on to the back deck, which was a level up, to check out the Bear below, still in the garden.
Just a youngin, he too was checking us out.
We took a few photos of him,
Then he “disappeared “ below us. Clunk, crash , thump, “whats he up to down there”. We soon found out, just as he appeared at the balcony railing.
We turned and bolted just as he came over the top. I snatched as quick photo through the glass door before we slammed it shut.
He then proceeded to completely trash the balcony. All the spring flowering pots were knocked over, upturned, smashed, soil everywhere, bird-feeders pulled down and broken, what a mess. Our hostess arrived home sometime later to a deck that looked like a Tornado had gone through in her absence and we were left to explain the carnage.