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elcome!  We would love to have you visit.  We are just two miles off the Sterling Highway, so we do not have any road noise.  We have a great view of the Alaska Range.  Just outside our front door, enjoy wildlife viewing - Eagles and Moose abound. 

Fall is the best time to observe the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.  Because the aurora is created at the poles of the earth, aurora displays occur simultaneously, in a mirror image at each pole. 

  The closest community to Bear Essentials Lodging is Anchor Point, population of approximately 1200.  Anchor Point is the most westerly highway point.  In the high summer months, June-August, being on the coast, temperatures average 60 degrees.  On the summer solstice, we have approximately nineteen hours of daylight.  During the winter solstice, days are shorter.

  There are a lot of activities available.  Fishing season runs May through September.  You can catch a wide variety of fin including halibut, salmon, and trout.  WE can assist having your catch packed and shipped  Other summer activities include hiking, kayaking, clamming, sight-seeing beach walking, and flying kites. 

  In the winter, we have ice fishing, snow machining, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing.  If you want groomed cross-country trails, those are just 25 minutes away in Homer.

  We suggest you bring sunscreen and sunglasses.  Even in the winter the light reflects off the snow and on cloudy days, the water creates a glare.  Bug repellent is a must.  Expect light precipitation some time during your visit, so a water proof, lightweight jacket and water resistant footwear are wise.  Layering clothing is recommended.  Remember to pack non-cotton layers such as polypropylene.  You will probably want both, short and long sleeve shirts, light gloves and a hat. 

  The dress code in Alaska is casual.  Jeans are acceptable in the nicest restaurants in the largest city, which is Anchorage.  You will also want to bring your camera and binoculars.  Although summer days are long, a small flashlight can be handy on the trip up or in the event of a power outage.