Traveling around bush Alaska for six years, I often visited the Aleutian Islands. This photo is of a barge hauling old equipment around in the waters around the fishing port town of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. If you look closely you can see all the eagles hanging out on the riggings. Eagles are everywhere as are seals and sea lions and occasionally whales. Dutch Harbor became world-famous with the Discovery TV show, “The Deadliest Catch”, and oftimes while I was there, I would see the big crabbing boats in dock.
Far from the beaten path, Dutch Harbor is situated on Unalaska Island which is part of the Aleutian Island chain. It costs a pretty penny to get out there unless you have air miles or somebody paying your way. I used to go about twice a year and experienced every season. The town is small with one of everything. It’s isolated and tiny, but it has a really comfortable feel, and it is gorgeous! I would love walking around the small town, or in this case a friend of mine took me out on her skiff. We got up close to lots of marine life, while her Aleutian husband peppered me with the history of the area. I also had the good luck to bring my two daughters on this trip with me. Wh ever gets a chance to visit the Aleutians, especially as children?
They have a beautiful hotel there called the Grand Aleutian, which I loved staying in and eating their crab on sourdough sandwiches. It was a nice place to come back to each night after I would visit the schools and school children, run a program or two for them, and catch up with the moms in the community. I never talked to too many dads. Either they were fishing or fixing their boat, or their nets, or whatever else they had to do. The fisherman has a pretty hard life.
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What is one of the most out-of-the-way places you have been to? Ever been to the Aleutians? Dutch Harbor? If you ever get the chance, jump at it. It’s a great little town.