One of the advantages of having a child who is an airline pilot is the opportunity to fill an otherwise empty seat on a flight. Accordingly, it worked out for me to make a day trip yesterday to visit Kodiak. Their marketers have rightfully dubbed it "Alaska's Emerald Island." Let's just get it out of the way - it was beautiful!
As expected, the harbor was full of working boats
and lots of related color around the area.
The Coast Guard has a large presence utilizing a former Navy base with history going back prior to WWII.
I had not anticipated the amount of timber export. There was a wharf stacked full as well as this other area down the road. During my drive around, I met at least three logging trucks coming out of the woods.
The drive out to the end of the road to the south cut through several farms where the animals were allowed to choose which side of the fence they preferred. (This one's for you, Ellen.)
The number of very nice, apparently seasonal homes near the beach about 40 miles south of town was unexpected
as was the potential for beach camping. Turns out the Coast Guard Station has several 16' bare bones Scamps available for rent to service members.