Photostory: Rainy Camping

I’ll be frank.  It’s kind of miserable camping in the rain.

As most of you should know by now, I am preparing for a big backpacking trip in July.  I am going to Alaska to shoot bears (not that kind of shooting – this is a photography blog, folks).  And if you read my post on my first backpacking training hike, you’ll also know that I’ve never done backpacking before.  I refuse to be the one holding everyone else up; I’m dedicated to getting my weak butt trained and prepped for this thing.

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WC: A Green Backpacker

I am very excited.  In a few months, I will embark on an amazing journey by train, bush plane, and backpack to photograph bears in Alaska.

I can’t believe I even considered possibly saying no.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

Here’s the deal.  I don’t really do much wildlife photography.  Sure, I catch the occasional moose, but I haven’t really made the effort in the past to seek out wild animals.  And when things like bear spray and a portable protective electric fence are mentioned, I begin to get a bit nervous.  Add to that the fact that I’ve never been backpacking before (and this trek will require over 20 miles of it), and I’m feeling somewhat out of my element.

But the price is reasonable, and let’s face it – when will I have another opportunity like this?  As you know, I live by “no regrets,” so why the heck not?

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