This is a bunker that housed a searchlight. It is a little tough to get down to this one as you have to climb down the crumbling cliff but it's not too bad. To the left of the photo are 2 huge steel doors that are rusting now. You can see the concrete apron has seen better days. Probably a combination of earthquakes and severe winter storms have played their parts in the deterioration of the site.
The spot I'm standing on is a little difficult to find. You will have to get to the edge of the eastern side of the island then climb down the cliff. You will come to a bunker that is built into the cliff. It is in pretty rough shape now but at one time appears as though it could have been for ammunition storage. The platform is breaking up and almost falling into the sea. It is part of Searchlight bunker No. 11.
Once we found our way through the darkness we found another door into yet another room. I'm sure at one time the military had meetings and made plans in these rooms. Walking through these rooms in total darkness was a bit eery as I only new what the rooms looked like after I returned home and put the photos on my computer. I'll bring a flashlight if I return!!
You can get a good idea of the rock structure of Puffin Island and Kodiak by looking at the ridges in the stone along the cliffs and beaches. From talking to a geologist in the area this is formed from the pressure of the earth pushing up from the sea bed.
As we hiked around the island we came across this toilet that was sticking out through overgrowth. There must've been a building here at one time as there are a few old boards still laying around but the plumbing is all that still exists today! The pipes are still connected!!
This old electrical box had seen better days. I liked the way that it had it's wires cut and was just left to rust away...I'm sure when the military decided that they didn't need this Island anymore they just picked up stuff that wasn't attached and moved it on out! This poor box was left behind.
Old Woman Mountain is another of the popular mountains that can be climbed here in Kodkiak. Old woman is a relaxing climb without steep inclines. There is a nice cool mountain lake on top that will provide a great cooling down after the hike. Of course most will only want to swim in the summer and even for people from the middle latitudes summer will be too cold for you!! LOL But it is a refreshing if a bit chilling!!
As you stand on top of the flat topped island you can get some nice views of Kodiak with Pillar Mountain in the background. Also you can see the huge rockslide that fell down in the 1964 earthquake.