The photo above is one of two eagles that were rescued and live at Ft. Richardson in Anchorage. They had been injured and were unable to return to the wild. An eagle's wing span can reach up to eight feet.
Otherwise the stay in Anchorage was pleasant. The flight to Kodiak took no more than an hour. The majority of the island is a wildlife refuge, and the Kodiak bear is King. Our tour guide told us that the Kodiak bear gets so large because it has an infinite supply of food - berries, grasses and roots and salmon when they are running. Below are some photos from our Kodiak trip.
Below is a photo of the rainforest on Kodiak. The island has weather temperatures much like San Francisco. In some spots, the environment changes to this lush world of soft mosses. Our guide took us into the forest which is not a dense place. It was still with only birdsongs in the air.
As you know, we have been fishing our way through Alaska especially for salmon which has eluded us, but God smiled on us in Valdez. We came at the right time when the pink salmon are returning. Once we got settled at the campground, we found the place where the salmon come in. It was too easy - we caught nine fish within an hour. That was Sunday. We went back Monday morning at high tide and caught nine more. These we took to be filleted, vacuum-sealed and frozen to be shipped home. Again on Wednesday morning, we caught nine again at high tide. We had the same process done, but these will travel with us in the RV. Like all the ways to fix shrimp from the Forest Gump movie, we will be dreaming up ways to fix salmon.
Below is Hubby with one of our catches and a photo of salmon roe. I had some roe shipped home but an internet article said that it doesn't have the same pop after it has been frozen. If it doesn't work out, it will be used for bait.
Soon we will be heading back up to Tok, AK to cross back into Canada. It will be a return trip back down the Alaska Highway to Dawson Creek and then southward toward Vancouver. So until Vancouver or before, be safe and enjoy the rest of the summer.