Booked and been planning on a guided 10-day Brown Bear hunt north of Dillingham since April (for Sept. 19-29). My dad is 68, and I wanted to take him on an adenture like that before he gets too old. I leave tomorrow morning on a 7:30 am flight to Anchorage to meet up with my dad (flying from Missouri) before flying out to Dillingham on Saturday morning. Stayed up till 3:30 am last night going over my gear and making sure I have everything and just plain excited.
Guide call a couple of hours ago reporting catastrophic failure of gear, some kind of injury to a client (first half of season) and terrible weather. He sounded genuinely horrible and apologetic as he cancelled our hunt.
I'm horribly dissapointed, but understand that bad things happen, and will have to do this again some day in the future. I mostly feel terrible for my dad who has labored to get ready. We both built this up big to our friends and family.
I would not even ask, but my wife is telling me that I'm just "giving up"--not accepting my explanation that you can't just shift to Plan B without a guide.
I assume there no chance of getting on the plane and finding a way to do some kind of hunting up there at this late date, right?
Only have a few hours to decide (though I assume it's pointless).