For those with a naturalist streak, few places on earth compare with the wonders of Southwest Alaska. Brown bears amble along the hills and plains, and more than 240 bird species inhabit Alaska’s Southwest region. The region’s terrain ranges from a landscape of volcanoes in Katmai National Park created by the 1912 eruption of the Novarupta volcano, to the windswept Aleutian Islands that make a 1,000-mile sweep toward Asia.
I visited Alaska in June 2007. I was particularly impressed with how unspoilt the whole area is. You don't have to travel far to find pristine wilderness and abundant wildlife.
Sprawled along the Kuskokwim River 40 miles from the Bering Sea and 400 air miles from Anchorage, Bethel, with a population of 5,665, is one of the largest communities...
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