Life in Small-Town Alaskan Fishing Village

Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
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Trip End Dec 31, 2008


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Bristol Inn

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Friday, July 25, 2008

So after a fairly uneventful night in Anchorage, Dad and I flew out to this little fishing town called Dillingham on Alaska Airlines.  The 727 was different than what I expected.  All the passengers sit in the back 1/3 of the plane in seats 20-30.  The front 2/3 is only for cargo.  Since most of the towns are way out in the boonies, all the supplies come in by jet.  I was watching them load fruit and veggies on by the bushel.  This town is where a lot of the salmon boats dock until it's time to fish again.  They generally only fish for ~3 weeks out of the year.  The rest of the year, the boats sit in dry-dock.  Apparently they make enough money in those 3 weeks to not have to use the boats any more.  But some of the people have regular jobs down in the lower 48 the rest of the year and only do the fishing thing as a supplemental income.  The hotel we stayed in, the Bristol Inn, wasn't too bad.  Not anything to rave about though.  They did have hot chocolate to drink and a good wall map of Alaska to look over.  And we did have a good meal at this restaurant past the drydocks(I don't think it was the Muddy Rudder, but I'll have to check after I get the pics from my dad).   There are more pics to be added...check back
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