Life is too short to not ride to Alaska and back. A once in a lifetime experienced that should be repeated. I plan on doing it again. Close up encounters with Bald Eagles can also be seen around Homer Alaska. Grizzly Bear sitings can be had almost anywhere.
I have photographed Grizzly Bears as close as 10 feet. Ask me how fast my heart was beating?? Luckily, they like Salmon more than me, or I would not be writing now.