Friday, August 19, 2011

Getting the feel of Kodiak and it's wildlife

The Emerald Isle 5,000 square mile Kodiak Archipelago is breathtakingly beautiful and wild. You are surrounded by wilderness abundant with wildlife. A day does not go by that we don't see some amazing sight. You can sit in the cockpit of your boat and view the bears as they forage for berries on the hill side above the marina.

Kodiak does not seem to have a town center, the shops are spread out over about a 6 mile run, and it can be difficult to tell the difference between someones home and a shop. There is a Safeway at the other end of the road from the marina and I have to say it is nice to see some regular prices again.

We bought a junker of a car and hope it gets us through the winter. (Right now we don't drive any further than we can walk back.)

The harbour is for fishing vessels and rarely gets yachts that stay-it is however a hub for cruising sailors and in the short time we have been here yachts from Sweden, France, New Zealand, England, Japan, Belgium and Holland have stopped to provision catch their breath and move on. Many of these boats will winter in Canada then plan to return to Alaska next spring because they need more time to see it all.

We are closing in on year three here ourselves and there is still so much more to see and do.

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