Monday, September 22, 2008

Kodiak : The People

We met some very interesting people during our trip.

Trevor Dunbar and his father (coach of the Kodiak Cross Country Team) were returning from a 21 team competition just North of Anchorage. Trevor had just beat the state record time for the 5k, with a time of 15:17. (pretty damn fast) Look for Trevor in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Jeanie lives on Island paradise and I will do a seperate entry on the wonderful place where she lives. In addition to being a very self sufficient woman who lives in a remote part of Kodiak Island, she was also our cook for the week. She knows how to cook fish as well as other things like Gooseberry pie, cornbread and rasberry scones to name a few.

Sam (left) and Dick (right) Rohrer are the owners and guides behind Dick Rohrers Bear Camp, which was the outfit behind our trip. Dick grew up in Lancaster, PA and found his way to settle down in Kodiak and operate his camp. His son, Sam, is a native of Kodiak. Their operation includes Bear, Goat and Deer hunts as well as fishing and wildlife viewing expeditions.

David is from East Texas and operates heavy machinery in Valdeze. During his first week on the job, he became friends with Floyd (the guy who has recently become engaged to the Republican VP Candidate's daughter). We made a lot of inquiries into the local pulse on Sarah Palin's nomination and we'd estimate an 80% approval rating. We thought that he was important enough to profile here. He also thought that George was the funniest person on the planet.

Isaac is an enforcement officer that works for the State of Alaska. He was in the area patrolling the status of guiding on the river and checking out various camps set up on the river to ensure compliance with the law. He flew in to Mush Lake, set up camp and we met him as he was just heading down the river in his 5 lb inflatable raft (which was the envy our our guide Sam). He made it down to the lake around 7pm, just when the rain started and it was starting to get dark. We were thinking of him as we got back to our propane heated cabins and Sam went out to look for him, but by the time he made it up to the mouth of the river, Isaac was gone. We saw him the next day again, so apparently he somehow found bear trails to hike back up the river to his camp several miles up the river.


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