We always delight in learning the incredible stories behind the books our customers make- the how and the why. In this new series, we meet customers with a story to tell. We spoke with long-term Bob Books user John about his book 'Alaska' documenting a trip to Brooks Falls where bears salmon fish in an extraordinary annual tradition.
Can you tell us the story behind 'Alaska", when did you first get inspired to document this spectacle?
In 2009 I read a short article about Sir David Attenborough watching bears catching salmon at a place called Brooks Falls which was an annual event. After that I had thought often about visiting the area, Katmai National Park in Alaska, so we decided to build a holiday around the date when the salmon would run the falls. The event always happens around the middle of July and there are limitations to how many people can go to the Island and even fewer bunks to stay overnight. We therefore had to book the trip well over a year in advance and we also included a small boat adventure trip down the Inner Passage of Alaska and various other places between the cruise and Brooks Falls around Alaska. It was one of the most amazing places I have ever been to- being so close to such dangerous wild animals and watching the spectacle. I love nature and wild life and this is one of the wildest places I have ever been.