Alaska, the Last Frontier - Summer 2012 travel blog

Baranov Museum

converted boat cannery

bringing in the fish

crab traps

ferry & terminal

fishing boat

visitor center

welcome to the Yukon

art from pollution

Russian Church


Spending a night in Kodiak provided a nice transition back to civilization. The hotel room felt so huge and it was quickly festooned with our dripping clothing and gear. We spent much of the day sharing photos with one of the other couples from the bear viewing trip whose camera malfunctioned periodically. It was nice to sit together and look at all the pictures again. We had been so busy bear viewing, we never had time to see what we both had captured. We ate lunch together at the one decent restaurant within walking distance and explored the town a bit. Every village in this area has a Russian Orthodox Church, which seems to be a popular religion in these parts even though the Russians officially left in the 1860's. Although the residents of Kodiak make a good living from fishing and have a mild climate for Alaska standards, this was just not our kind of town.

Recently there was a contest on Facebook to send a famous rapper I never heard of to a Walmart, based on the votes that Walmart received. Someone researched the Walmart that was farthest afield and the rapper had to come here to the Walmart in Kodiak since it got the most votes. The locals were excited about it until he decided not to perform, but just stand around and answer a few questions. Kodiak was not his kind of town either.

The ferry does not sail from Kodiak to Homer every day so we were lucky that its schedule fit with ours. This boat was smaller than the one we sailed here on and looked so old and familiar we wondered if it was the one we took to Skagway in 1989. We were among the fortunate few that got a cabin, sized as intimately as the one we had in Katmai. Most people rolled out sleeping bags and mats between the chairs in the lounge and a hardy few put up tents on the deck. The ferry stopped briefly at Port Lions on Kodiak Island, a burg with 130 residents that had no streets. There are many such villages on Kodiak, but this is the only small one that sees the ferry. Wonder why. The ferry should arrive back in Homer on Alaska proper at 7am and we'll be sleeping in our home away from home once again.

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