How to Speak Alaskan
Kodiak island is known as being the Emerald Isle because every summer the hills and mountains burst with plant growth. What will start out in the spring as foot high beach grass will be over seven foot tall grass by the middle of August. Our island sparkles in the summertime in the middle of the North Pacific.
Gathering for a cup of coffee and talking about how the fishing season is going is a long and treasured tradition on Kodiak. Mug-Up is the term for getting together and catching up over a steaming cup of coffee.
Since the days of Homer's Odyssey stories, sailors have been tempted to steer their boats onto the rocks following the sweet melodies from dangerous sea creatures. In modern days on the island, a siren's song means the pull towards the sea or the pull towards home that a fisherman feels after a long season away.
Hot summer Alaskan days often bring in a grey mist. It rolls through the mountain passes, and up the channel into town turning a once hot day into a chilly afternoon. The town becomes blanketed in fog no higher than 50 feet. Thankfully, there is often time to grab a coat as you see the marine fog roll in because you know it's going to get chilly.
Driftwood and Beachgrass
As Alaskan's, we love our trails, especially the ones that end at stunning beaches such as Buskin Beach on Kodiak Island. One of the first signs of spring are the delicate shoots of beachgrass poking up through the winter's storm delivery of driftwood aged by the sea and the sun.
Saltery Cove Spice
On Kodiak, in Middle Bay, about twenty miles out of town there is a four-wheeler trail that follows the American River for fourteen miles, across a pass, through some gnarly rocky paths, and finally down in to the most serene valley called Saltery Cove Spice. Scotty Yost, the informal Mayor of Saltery, approves of the fragrance and he currently has a candle out at his cabin in Saltery. Saltery is the destination for some fantastic salmon fishing and bear viewing.
Anytime you can take a float plane out to a remote site and sit and simply enjoy the views you know you're living a good life. Hidden Basin is just such a spot on Kodiak. Located west of Saltery Cove, Hidden Basin is simply stunning in the magnificent views.