Adak Island, May 2006

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In 2006, after dumping off our baby daughter at Glacier Bay for the summer, Cathy and I flew down the Aleutian Islands as far as we could. We got to Adak Island.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adak_Island

That is a pretty weird place. Around 60 people live there now. There used to be over 6000 people there, primarily in the Naval Air Base. Now there are hundreds of fairly new, empty houses.

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There are big buildings, mostly empty. There's even an empty McDonalds.

Adak Island McDonalds

The Navy pulled out of Adak Island in 1997, followed by a big clean up. The title to most of the land was transferred to the Aleut Corporation, and organization for Aleutian Indians, Eskimos, Native Americans, First Nations, Aleuts, or whatever the proper terminology is today.

We saw a lot of wildlife, and could drive around on a lot of good gravel roads to sightsee. It's an interesting place.


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On approach to Adak Airport
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Old McDonalds
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Signs from the Adak Naval Air Station
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Sea Otters

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Takeoff

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We were told that the caribou on Adak Island are the largest in Alaska.

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There is a geothermal spring here that makes a nice swimming hole.

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Rock Ptarmigan

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An Old Loran Station

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An Old Loran Station

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One of the newer bunkers

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Harlequin Ducks

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Harlequin Ducks

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Sea Otter

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Harlequin Ducks

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One of the bunkers. Excellent echo.

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The town of Adak

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One of the old bunkers

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Nice sedimentary patterns, maybe from nearby volcanoes.

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Eagle in flight

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Rock Ptarmigan

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bird.

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Lots of housing.

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Lots of housing.

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Lots of housing.

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Lots of housing.

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A young eagle on the beach.

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Eagle on the beach.

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These ducks would dive whenever a large breaker came in.

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Young Eagles

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Young Eagles

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Young Eagles

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Harbor Seals

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Takeoff!

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The Next Aleutian West, Kanaga Island.

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A recent radar or communications station.

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A nice rental car.

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The town of Adak.

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On approach to Adak Airport
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Old McDonalds
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Signs from the Adak Naval Air Station
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Sea Otters

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Takeoff

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We were told that the caribou on Adak Island are the largest in Alaska.

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P1050782.jpg
Huh?

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There is a geothermal spring here that makes a nice swimming hole.

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P1050794.jpg


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P1050800a.JPG
Rock Ptarmigan

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P1050816.jpg
An Old Loran Station

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An Old Loran Station

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One of the newer bunkers

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Harlequin Ducks

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Harlequin Ducks

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Sea Otter

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Harlequin Ducks

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One of the bunkers. Excellent echo.

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P1050871.jpg


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The town of Adak

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One of the old bunkers

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P1050899.jpg
Nice sedimentary patterns, maybe from nearby volcanoes.

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P1050909.jpg
Eagle in flight

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P1050912.jpg


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P1050932a.JPG
Rock Ptarmigan

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bird.

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P1050956.jpg


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Lots of housing.

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Lots of housing.

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Lots of housing.

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Lots of housing.

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A young eagle on the beach.

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Eagle on the beach.

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P1060011.jpg


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P1060042.jpg


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P1060045.jpg


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P1060069.jpg


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These ducks would dive whenever a large breaker came in.

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P1060086a.JPG


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P1060103.jpg
Young Eagles

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Young Eagles

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Young Eagles

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Harbor Seals

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Takeoff!

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P1060193.jpg
The Next Aleutian West, Kanaga Island.

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P1060208.jpg
A recent radar or communications station.

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A nice rental car.

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The town of Adak.

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