• Kodiak

We docked in Kodiak, Alaska, which is part of the larger region of Kodiak Island. Known as Sun’aq in Alutiiq, Kodiak has a population of just over 6,000 residents and was inhabited by the Aluutiq for over 7,000 years before being settled by Russians in the 18th century. Kodiak Island is home to the Kodiak bear, known as taquka-aq in Alutiiq. The kodiak bear is one of the two largest bears alive today, along with the polar bear. It was a day of outdoor exploration for us in Kodiak, as we went for hikes and went kayaking and stand up paddle boarding! Part of our group hiked the Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, which is known for its World War 2 fortifications. The park also gave us an amazing view of the ocean, and we admired incredible spruce forests and meadows. Another group tackled the challenging Barometer Mountain hike, which is Kodiak’s most popular mountain and is known for its stunning wildflowers, beautiful valleys, and views of coves and bays below. There is also a 2,073-foot elevation gain in just a few miles! Our third group took kayaks and stand up paddle boards out, and saw sea lions, sea otters, and thousands of birds up close! We finished the day with a sunset zodiac ride. We are so grateful to be able to spend time exploring Alaska, and we are humbled by the natural wonders that we have admired throughout leg 12. Thank you to the people of Kodiak for welcoming us, and we look forward to exploring this city more today!