A few weeks ago I was invited to come see Kodiak again by Scott McMurren, this time we had much better weather conditions than our previous Kodiak adventures last year. I like to think of Kodiak as Alaska’s secret playground! There is only a hundred miles of highway on the island, but triple that for the sea and land trail systems!
I’m kicking off my series of Kodiak shows with a Hike of the Week joined by Marion Owen, a good friend, and a friend of the show!
Fort Abercrombie is indeed a place on Kodiak I could literally get lost in weekly if I lived on the island. The trail system is maintained, and bear activity is low to zero on this part of the island – still good to keep your wits about you though.
Naturally we all know weather varies on Kodiak, and while non-rain day is always good for hiking, rainy days in Fort Abercrombie are not much of a problem since trails are mostly sheltered by a large temperate rainforest canopy. Depending on the weather you could get away with tennis shoes, or light hiking shoes. This is one hike I don’t care seeing the end of the trail, and once you go… you’ll completely understand!
A little about Marion Owen
Marion and her husband Marty hosted us during our stay at their Galley Gourmet’s Cliff House B&B, which overlooking the entrance channel to Kodiak’s largest boat harbor. If you’re visiting Kodiak and you get a chance to stay at their B&B, tell them I said “Hi!” Marion is a total evangelist for Kodiak Island, and there probably isn’t a corner of that island she doesn’t know! She’ll be happy to point you in the right direction and always good for recommendations!
Marion also Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, and a serious gardener whom knows her organics. You’ll get more of this geeky side of her at her website www.plantea.com. On a closing note… If you’ve never put a dash of Cardamom in your Coffee while it brews TRY IT! I’m hooked!