Katmai National Park is known for its brown bears, but the origins of the park are centered around something entirely different, an event you’ve probably never heard of even though it was one of the most significant geological occurrences of last century.
I’m referring to the volcano Novarupta, which erupted in 1912. As part of our visit to Brooks Camp, we took a tour to the site of the devastation, a place now known as the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. We also learned a great deal about the most powerful volcanic eruption of the 2oth century.
It was September 9, and we were on the Brooks Falls Platform, where two Katmai Park Rangers, Dave and Becca, were broadcasting a “Play-by-Play” streaming video for the Bear Cams audience, with Becca narrating the activity. Dale and I were listening as well, hoping to learn a little more about Brooks Falls bears.
We have so much to be grateful for, and I’d love to share a few of those things with you:
1. I am grateful for Dale, who is my life. We have been married for 21 years, and our marriage is stronger than ever, as evidenced by the fact that we can travel together and not want to push one another off a cliff at the end of the day. He makes me laugh, and his faith in me is unswerving and has given me the courage to try to live life to the fullest. —Since I’m writing this, you’re only getting my perspective, but I have verified that he’d say the same thing about me. 🙂