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Kodiak, Alaska, July 2017


Successful salmon fishingKodiak Island was our aim for this summer’s Alaskan voyage, so we’ve spent pretty much all of July here. About half that time has been spent in town for Seth to do his consulting work and for me to do my writing, and the other half we’ve spent sailing. It’s been great to have a chance to explore more of this beautiful place, especially as we only got a tiny taste of it (just 4 days) last year.

On our first weekend in town, we took advantage of some rare sunny and warm (65 degrees!) weather to rent a truck and see the area around town that’s accessible by road.

Then, after catching up on work, we set off cruising. The scenery was just stunning, as it always is up here in AK! Rock formations

Little Dinghy, Big Bay

Eagle and mountains

We found some lovely anchorages: Nice anchorage


Can you find Celeste-

Can you find Celeste?


Boat and dinghy in wilderness

Went for some hikes: Wilderness


Hiking with friends

Tundra walking with a local family


Saw some lovely waterfalls and wildflowers: Waterfall

Tundra wildflowers

And even some ancient petroglyphs: Petroglyphs

We met some really great people on fishing boats and in remote cabins. One family showed us their extensive greenhouses and invited us to dinner in their cabin, and another family very generously gave us a bunch of king crab they’d just caught!

Fresh king crab for dinner!

King crab on the grill – yum!

We visited an operational fish cannery and explored a ruined one:

Abandoned cannery

Ruins of an old cannery

We loved seeing lots of wildlife – seals, sea lions, otters, humpback and gray whales, foxes, birds, and Kodiak bears! Kodiak bear and cub


Juvenile golden eagle

We scrubbed Celeste’s hull below the waterline of the growth that had accumulated in the town’s harbor, and took the opportunity to snorkel in a kelp forest: Kelp and dinghy

And we did a ton of fishing! We ended up catching so much salmon that we had to dig out my pressure canner and can it up in Mason jars – a fun project.

Fishing for salmon

Me casting for salmon…


Successful salmon fishing

…and catching salmon!





32 thoughts on “Kodiak, Alaska, July 2017

  1. Pingback: 2017 in Photos | Gone Floatabout

  2. Sounds like it was a great adventure! I’d love to know what you think of my Alaska stories at mcgeetraveltales.com! Thank you!

    • Sounds like you had a great cruise on the ship! In all our time in AK we actually never went to Glacier Bay or Juneau, believe it or not!

  3. We have a dear friend from our time in Seattle named Susan Swope. Any connection with Dorry? I love to savor your writing, and your photography. Keep it coming!

    • Hi Lanny, I don’t know Susan Swope – I suppose she could be a connection of Dorry’s. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog – and thank you for your nice comments!
      All the best,

  4. We have a dear friend named Susan Swope. Any relation to Dorry? I so admire what you are doing, and love your writing and your photography.

  5. Beautiful! And good eating too. Thanks for sharing.

  6. thanks for sharing these amazing travels and photography!

  7. Wow, that looks amazing!

  8. Great post. Love the two bears.

  9. I lived in Kodiak for 3 years, but without access to a boat. It’s amazing the different experience you can have when you aren’t limited to roads.

    • Hi Amber, Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. It is amazing what you can access by boat, especially around Alaska. We just loved Kodiak – wonderful that you were able to make it your home for 3 years – there’s a lot to see on the road system too! Wish we’d had more time for everything!

  10. What an amazing looking area, greatshots of the country, will be hard to pack up and leave such a quiet peaceful place, may the winds be in your favour.

    • It certainly was hard to leave – I was pretty sad to go – would love to get back there someday. But there are many other beautiful places to enjoy and more good fishing to be had!

  11. Looks lovely! Your pink Helly Hanson jacket looks cool!

  12. Stunning place and great photos – lots a variety! We know of a family that had been cruising the world on SV Galactic for several years. They come from Kodiak and are back there for a change of pace. You might come across them!

  13. Wow, what an adventure, beautifully captures!

  14. what a beautiful place. Never heard of it. I enjoy your blog so much! keep them coming. Best, Dorry

  15. Wow. Amazing post. Alaska is at the top of my travel bucket list. Hope to get there soon.

  16. Beautiful! Inspiring! Wonderful to see HERETIC and yr parents in SoFreeMe recently, Seth! Safe sailing!