Senior Citizens Visit Kodiak Island

Jul 12th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Kodiak Island is called “Alaska’s Emerald Island.”  Senior visitors who come to Kodiak  experience a wildness that is unmatched in few places on the earth.  They come to step away from civilization and rediscover nature in its purest, unruined form.  It is a place to slow down to the tempo and timbre of wilderness, to appreciate silence broken only by the eagle or loon.  It is a place to rest weary eyes and quiet nerves with the motion of water and color of trees.  Kodiak Island is sometimes referred to by Ireland’s nickname, “the emerald isle,” but that nickname doesn’t do this Alaskan island’s varied terrain justice.

When you think of Kodiak one often thinks of the Kodiak bear. The Kodiak Bear and the king crab are native to the island. The fishing industry is the most important economic activity on the island; fisheries include Pacific salmon, Pacific halibut, and crab. The Karluk River is famous for its salmon run. Logging, ranching, numerous canneries, and some copper mining are also prevalent.  Do bring along ear muffs.

The island, part of a 5,000 square mile Kodiak Archipelago was covered by glaciers that scored and carved the landscape. Jagged peaks, fjord-like bays, and wide U-shaped valleys were left by the glacial retreat.  While the vast majority of Kodiak’s population resides in the city and nearby areas, there are villages in the Kodiak Archipelago that are windows to the past and models of modern subsistence lifestyle.  Many of these villages offer services to visitors including lodging, fishing charters, and wildlife viewing.

Kodiak Island on the south coast of the state of Alaska, is separated from the Alaska mainland by the Shelikof Strait. The largest island in the Kodiak Archipelago, Kodiak Island is the second largest island in the United States and the 80th largest island in the world.  With an area of 3595.09 square miles, it is about 100 miles long.  As of the 2000 census, the population was 13,913.  The town of Kodiak is one of seven communities on Kodiak Island and is the island’s main city.  Kodiak is a modern city with a rich history.  It sits in the middle of the world’s most productive fishing grounds, making it Alaska’s largest fishing port. How about a nice flight over the island to check it out from the air. Do bring along a big big rifle if you want to hunt.  jeb

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