Kodiak, a little slice of paradise

My friend Liz lived in Kodiak for a while before we met, and always raved about the Emerald Island in Alaska. Before my visit, I knew it was home to huge bears (Kodiak Grizzlies, anyone?) and a Coast Guard base. Besides those morsels I had no knowledge, no insight, or understanding of what really makes Kodiak special. And despite how hard I fell for Kodiak on this trip, I know I hardly scratched the surface of this beautiful community and landscape.

Without a car and no more than six hours to explore, I was limited to a walking tour of the habor and ‘downtown’ scene of Kodiak. As happy young travelers are wont to do, I made my way to the Kodiak Island Brewery for a sampling of brews. Hands down, it’s the best brewery I’ve been to. The beers were delightful and the atmosphere was unbeatable. As soon as I walked in, I imagined myself there as local – it was comfortable, like a place I’d been visiting for years. We went back that night to finish our pour quota for the day and were surrounded by dogs, kids and Kodiak softball teams.

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Word to the wise: it’s only 7,500 Alaska Airlines miles to Kodiak (one way). I’m already plotting a trip back.

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