I've been home 2 days now....had to get back into the swing of things, thus the 2 days since the last post. I flew home from Kodiak on Sunday, April 13. It was a bit of a worry that I might even fly out at all. Kodiak is an island and that being said, flying in and out can be a bit sketchy. A bit of wind and or fog, then the planes don't get in to land. No plane landing, means no plane taking off. Luckily for me, as we drove away from town heading toward the flats toward the airport, the skies seemed to clear and the weather looked better. My plane out landed on time and my flight out was not affected. I must look like a criminal because my backpack was thoroughly searched and my camera and chargers were swabbed at least a couple of times. I was asked if I was carrying anything sharp and I was tempted to say, "my wit"...... but I just smiled and said "No.". Trevor patiently waited and stayed till I was safely on the plane :)
All my 3 flights landed and took off on time making for a seamless trip home. The last leg from Seattle to Vancouver was on a practically empty plane.
One of the flights in arrived late and about 16 people did not make it to the flight. So I was one of the lucky ones on board who got to sit wherever we wanted after takeoff because the plane was practically empty.
The rest of my Kodiak visit was awesome. Here are some stories to share.
On the Wednesday night we were invited to Alicia's cozy home on a mountain overlooking the city below and the mountains in the distance. The views from her front yard are amazing.
We had weenies that we barbecued and hot chocolate topped with marshmallows.
What bonfire is complete without the standard silly face shot???
It was a cold night, but the warmth from the fire helped. However, I didn't realize how cold my feet were till I got back in the car for the drive home :)
Alicia had a bench she wanted to get rid of, so in it went into the fire. Goodbye bench.
Alicia's home is very cute and cozy. It has amazing views of the city below and the Gulf of Alaska on one side. Such a wonderful display of nature everyday. It is beautiful and though I don't know that I could live by myself up on a mountain like Alicia (I have an active imagination and I've watched one too many slasher movies in my youth where a crazed killer is out in the woods killing everyone he finds using a cleaver....or something like that!) I must admit her house is very cozy!
We had a lovely night with a great bunch of people. Everyone I met in Kodiak was so warm and friendly. I understand why Trevor looks forward to his little work stints on this little island. I am grateful to be part of this experience and look forward to more visits to Kodiak in the future.
Right across from the Harbor on Shelikof is the Harborside Coffee shop. This little coffee shop is the coffee spot for a lot of the fishermen when they are in town. It is where Trevor and I go to have coffee after work on some days. They have good coffee, from local roasters and the atmosphere is pleasant. On one of our visits there, I found this on the bulletin board. The sign said "FREE POSITIVE THOUGHTS". Such a lovely idea.
I pulled one of the thoughts out for myself. This is what I got.
Wise words to live by, I say.
Alicia, who hosted our little bonfire the day after I arrived owns this little gem of an eating place out on the flats. The food here is extremely good, homemade and everyone that works here is so friendly. I asked if I could spend some time working here just for fun and Alicia was kind enough to allow me to do so.
This is Dwayne -- he was doing the cookie baking the day I visited. And when I say cookies, I don't mean your average, everday run of the mill cookie. I mean cookies the size of a little saucer.
Dwayne makes several varieties: chocolate chip (of course), peanut butter, molasses, something called monkey mush (I think, I have to check with Trevor) chocolate peanut butter swirl and my favourite, lover's delight. The lover's delight cookie has all sorts of goodness thrown into the batter: coconut, chocolate chips, nuts. Yum, yum, yum.
This is the front area of the restaurant. I love the colorful menu in chalk, and the rows of mugs ready for customers to pour themselves a coffee.
On the day I was there to help out, I cut up some cucumbers and onions and then did the same to the strawberries -- got them all ready and mixed in giant metal bowl with some sugar and then stored them into mason jars.
Bring on the granola!
And here are Amy and Sylvia hard at work at the grill making delicous meals and the awesomest handcrafted coffee beverages!
It was such an enjoyable experience for me helping out at Java Flats. If you are ever in Kodiak, stop into this wonderful spot -- you won't regret it!