A Kodiak Moment
Trip Start Apr 30, 2009
17Trip End Jun 05, 2009
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We arrived in Alaska today, at the island of Kodiak. You see, the thing about visiting places whilst cruising is that you don't spend very long in any one port. It's great having your hotel just swoosh up overnight in cool places, but when you get there, you generally have to rush around to fit 'the experiences' in.
Not so in Kodiak, Alaska. Whilst in the scheme of things, we only had a mere 'Kodiak moment', there was definitely no rushing to be done. First, we all had to be cleared by U.S. immigration (who came aboard to do the checking, no doubt to partake of the buffet), then battle heavy mist to figure out where to go and what to do. Fortunately, I had packed the 1.2 kg boots with faux fur and white polar-bear camouflage parka & jeans combo, so at least I was dressed for Alaskan mist.
We had been warned by our friend 'Oregon John', there isn't actually a great deal AT Kodiak. It's a fuel port and fishing hub with a lot of alcohol, or as one could say, a quaint little drinking town with a fishing problem. Maybe we're getting blasť about sea creatures, but the stories of seeing more sea lions today and the suggestion of bird watching were only barely interesting.
What were we expecting? Sarah Palin to greet us from the ship in an SUV to go moose hunting? Well, no. But to be able to see something besides fog, cheap T-shirts and a shop selling rifles was the general aim of travelling from the other side of the world. So, in usual Love Boat style, we all made hocus pocus noises, the Orlando widows did their credit card sunshine dance, and eventually the sun came out to play.
The sunshine didn't bring out any big Kodiak bears (they're just waking up and around the other side of the island and don't even eat people as it turns out...), and everyone keeps looking at me funny when I ask where all the moose are, but the sun did bring beautiful scenery and a definite Kodiak Moment at about 3pm. There was glistening water, snow-capped mountains, big Alaskan trees that have important names and bald eagles squawking the Star Spangled Banner.