Saturday, October 31, 2009

Life Under Kodiak Waters

During my "Kayaking among the kelp" blog I told you I was thinking of exploring more about life under water in the North Pacific. I have been visiting the Alaska Fisheries Research Center here in Kodiak and have learned quite a bit. I have been particularly impressed with how soft and pliable starfish are. In addition, I am convinced fish use their eyes about as much as we do...despite what I was told that they sense alot by motion and chemical smells. They seem to follow you with their eyes, just as much as a puppy would. Just take a look at my pictures and tell me what you think.
So why don't you put on your wet suit, climb on the kayak, go with me by the kelp where its a few fathoms deep, and take a dive. We'll be back before sunset.
See what lives underneath at:
Once you've been there in pictures, you are probably ready to come visit and see it for yourself. But now might not be the best time. It is 39 degrees outside and 46 degree water is a little cold to try it on your own. It will drop to about 34 in the winter. Stop by the scuba business here in Kodiak and have them get you ready for next summer to personally see what is underneath. The water will then be a warm 51 degrees or so. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Autumn in Kodiak

We returned after 2 weeks absence and found we need to drive with the headlights on till 8:20 AM. The green has almost all disappeared, except for the lawns, the Sitka Spruce, and the moss on the trees. Temperature at 2 PM was 39 degrees. Ice remained in the puddles.
But there is one thing we really enjoyed on our return: the thirst quenching drinking water. No, the tap water in Texas does not quench the thirst. And no, the store bought bottled water does not compare our our fresh tasting tap water.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Krispy Kremes come to Kodiak!!!

It is amazing what you miss when you are an island in the North Pacific!

When the football team had a fund raiser selling "fresh" Krispy Kreme doughnuts they had few people turn them down. Just magine getting those mouth watering donuts shipped directly from the closest bakery in Seatle. Only 7 - 9 hours after being cooked! $ 20 per dozen... no problem! Sign me up! There was not a shortage of orders. I think even the religious were praying for good weather to let the jet fly in last Saturday.

Got to say though, they didn't taste as good as I expected. Guess 9 hours old is not fresh enough.