All states have what is called a State Fair. In Kodiak it is held in late August or early September and is an opportunity for the whole town to come together and share things like recipes, vegetables, animals and typical Alaskan handicrafts. At the Kodiak fair there are always concerts and riding competitions. It's worth going to see the things on offer and eat the delicious local food.
The Kodiak City is the largest town on Kodiak Island. The island itself is the largest in North America. The populationn of Kodiak is approximately 6,300 people,. There are two main ports and most employment is fishing for salmon, halibut and crab. There is a huge variety of cultures present in Kodiak. The natives are of Aleut race, but there are many Hispanics, Filipinos, Koreans and North Americans.
Fossil Beach is on the southeastern part of the island of Kodiak. The beach's name defines it, it's a beach that is covered with fossils. At first, you don't know what's what or what you should look, but once you start to look closely you can see lots of fossils between the stones. It's the perfect place for a picnic or just spending the day enjoying the sunshine and good weather. Old is a pretty long drive from the city of Kodiak, but it's worth it.
This ferry is one of the two main ferries that travels to Kodiak. The Tustumena came into operation in 1963 and is still the most used. It holds 211 people and 36 vehicles. There is a restaurant and bar on board and also bunks for people to sleep for the 9 to 13 hours that the voyage might take to travel between Kodiak and Homer. The other ports where the Tustemena bunks are in Port Lions, Seward, Seldovia, Chignik, Sand Point, King Cove, Cold Bay, False Pass, Akutan, and Dutch Harbour.
The Bell's Flats neighborhood is located on the Rezonof road south of the city of Kodiak. I love this neighborhood because it is away from the city and surrounded by forest. Most people living in Bell's Flats are crab fishermen thus the number of crab traps stacked around the area. Occasionally you can try walking through the streets between houses, but you should always be very careful when you go for a walk.
The boat Cornelia Marie is one of the vessels featured in the TV show The Deadliest Catch. The ship was in the port of St. Herman of Kodiak where it is possible to see many large boats. This series was filmed Dutch Harbor, Alaska which is an island that is further south in the Aleutian Islands. This boat's purpose is crab fishing which is perhaps one of the most dangerous jobs out there.
Tony's Bar is the seediest bar in Kodiak, but it is so well known that it's worth going just to say you've been. The bar's slogan is "Biggest navigation danger in Kodiak" because all the fishmongers come here. There are always fights and I wouldn't suggest going alone, but if you visit Kodiak you must at least go through the door of Tony's.
St. Herman's seminary is in the city centre of Kodiak and is where men study to become priests in the Russian Orthodox religion. The church is called All Saints Church and is very small, but very rustic. The seminary is a building that looks onto apartments where the priests live and study. The priests contribute to a lot of charities for the people of Kodiak.
This port is one of two which can be found in the city of Kodiak. St. Paul is a small boat harbor and St. Herman is a port used for large boats. This harbor is full of boats that are used for industrial fishing, such as crab, salmon and halibut. There is also a dry dock for large boats in order to work on them while they are out of the water. From the harbor you can see sea lions lying on a dock, floating in the water.
This small church was established in 1794 but was not appointed as a cathedral until 2001. The church is one of several Russian Orthodox churches on Kodiak Island and is beautiful inside and out. Inside the church there are no seats and during mass one has to stand all the time and Russian Orthodox priests give most of the mass in Russian.
Kalsin Bay is situated in the southeast part of the island of Kodiak. There is a small hotel with a bar and restaurant called the Kalsin Bay Inn. The views from this place are very beautiful and unique. There is a beach (you cannot swim from here) where you can stroll and fish. The trip from the city of Kodiak takes about half an hour or so but the trip is well worth it for the views.
The Baranov Museum is situated in the center of the city of Kodiak in a house that was built in 1808 by Russian settlers, and is considered to be the oldest wooden house constructed in Alaska .. Today the museum shares the history of Kodiak, not only the Russian part but also the more important side that of Aleut people(Sugpaq). The museum also features temporary exhibitions of art and antiques and permanent displays. Admission costs only $ 3.
The Kodiak Company shop is situated opposite the Kodiak harbor, in an industrial part of town. This is one of the best places to buy souvenirs in Kodiak because it has an incredible diversity of items for sale at good prices. My favourite thing about this store is that, in front of the building, there is a crab trap that says "Kodiak's Deadliest Catch".
Fort Abercrombie was established in 1941 under the name of Miller Point, but in 1943 it was named Fort Abercrombie. It was one of the most important facilities in North America during WWII, because Alaska was the only place in North America that was occupied by the Japanese. It has retained strong as a national park and is a lovely walk with amazing views of the other islands of the archipelago. The forts that are hidden in the hills are now used as provisional museums.
Miller Point is a lookout point that is near Fort Abercrombie on the northeast of the island of Kodiak. This place has some of the best views of the sea on the entire island. From there you can see whales, sea lions, otters and lots of different kinds of birds. In order to get there you have to walk down a beautiful path with enormous, incredibly green trees.
One of the best kept secrets Kodiak Island is a brewery where the beers are amazing and very original. More than 20 types of beer are made here, with flavours like Liquid Sunshine, Belgian Witbier and Apple-Cider Ale. It's a small place in the port city of Kodiak, but if you go they'll let you try all the beers. The owner is called Ben Millstein and is always there, making the beers. The best way to buy is asking for a "growler", a half gallon (1.8 liters) which you can then bring back and they'll fill it again. There's also a shop where you can buy shirts, hats, posters and glasses with the brewery logo on. If you like beer, this is the best place to try lots of different kinds and you'll also meet some lovely people who like the same thing as you: beer!
Norman's Shop is located in the commercial center of Kodiak, which is simply called The Mall. This shop is full of souvenirs and also offers unique items made by local artists. They also sell delicious Italian ice cream (gelato) in many flavors and smoked salmon that has been caught in Kodiak. If you are looking for souvenirs or a necklace made of jade, this is the perfect place to find it.
This monument, which was errected to honor the fishermen who died in Kodiak, is very simple, but very nice. It is located in front of the harbor offices of St. Paul of Kodiak. There are hundreds and hundreds of names because fishing is the most dangerous job in Kodiak Alaska and most of the people living have some family involved in fishing.