Vegetation En Garde
Hiking and hill-climbing in Kodiak is generally no easy matter. In the winter, steep gradients can make for extremely slick surfaces, while vegetation in the summer can make for almost impenetrable thickets. Kodiak is surrounded by hillsides that teem with alder, cow parsnip, salmonberry and tall grass. Parties have actually needed to be rescued (i.e. airlifted) from such tank-traps even on hillsides on the immediate edges of downtown. Elsewhere in the northeast portions of the island around Kodiak, spruce forests are thick and furious. Be aware of such obstacles before you leave the paved or graded roads.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Jungle and Rain Forest
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Public Toilets in Winter!!
Well, some of the public toilets are winterized so if you need to use a toilet (in winter) stick to some of the local businesses! I saw Kaloz running across the parking lot and as I was photographing some of the Eagles I realized where he was going and I caught the photo just as he realized he couldn't get in!!!.....Don't let this happen to you!!!
Kaloz has some wonderful pages on Kodiak. If you'd like to check his out here's the address. http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/2e7ff/
Spruce Pollen Allegy?
If you have allergies to pollen bring your medicine the early summer time. When the Spruce Pollen is being released the air will turn yellow on windy , dry days! For those of use that live here have to clean it out our houses too!!
Father Christmas...He'll know if you've been bad..
We are lucky here in Kodiak as Father Christmas walks around town spreading Christmas Cheer! But you get a chunk of coal if you've been Bad during the year! And he knows!!
Don't drive your car onto beaches!!
Every year lots of people get their car stuck in the soft sand on the beaches of Kodiak! At first the sand seems hard but it's NOT!! This guy lost his car in the surf!!
Bring Good Soap
Fishing is an oderous undertaking. The bait is slimy, and the fish are fishy. Then there are the guts, and blood. So bring good soap.
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