2.13.2009

aerials flying to St. George

A couple days ago I departed Anchorage for the village of St. George on a tiny island in the Pribilofs--300 miles off the west coast of Alaska. My friend Ryan is still out here (you may have seen my St. George blog posts from last September) working various jobs and staying at the NOAA house. I'm out here for 10 days and have brought all my work with me--computer, external hard drives, etc. It's business (almost) as usual.

Except that I can now peer over the top of my computer out to the Bering Sea and watch as gale-force wind gusts push waves into the old landing below the village. As they crash, the spray quickly floats east. This tiny, remote island is one of my favorite places in Alaska. The isolation--even from its sister island St. Paul to the north--is part of the allure.

Following are images taken during one of the most beautiful commercial flights I've ever taken out of Anchorage. As you can see, the clarity was spectacular. We flew right over Redoubt volcano (third photo down)...she's sure taking her time!

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My beloved city.

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Thar she blows!! --(no, not literally).

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We landed in Dillingham, a sockeye salmon fishing hub. I've never even flown over it on a visible day, so it was a treat just to descend into this southwestern town at the mouth of the famed Nushagak River (host to one of the largest runs of sockeye in the world). I'll be back...

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The view from my "work" window on that pleasant day that I arrived in St. George.

Apparently, the Bering Sea ice is hanging out just about 15 or so miles beyond that horizon line.

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