The rest of the jaunt was pure scenery and leisure. Josh and I went for beers with James Brooks from the Daily Mirror and Brianna Gibbs from KMXT public radio, a more charming population of local reporters than a small town could realistically hope for. James showed us to the top of a nearby mountain for a breathtaking view — except that it was dead in the middle of a pea-soup fog bank at the moment, so the view was about 20 feet. It was still gorgeous.
HJ and I grabbed some food at the local taco truck — yep — and headed to Fort Abercrombie, a state park with beautiful trails and rocky cliffs (thank God for that earlier advice!) amid the mossy skeleton of a disused WWII defense installation. We enjoyed the scenery in the late Alaskan dusk, and were so determined to see more of the island that we woke up at 5:45 am to take one last drive before my flight home. Even aside from the bizarre and wonderful Pitbull experience, Kodiak was one of the best quick vacations I've ever had.
There's still more I wanted to do — I never managed to spot a bear, and the locally beloved Kodiak Brewing Company was closed during my visit because they're moving to a larger facility. I'll be back soon for bears and beers.
Pitbull is invited. Bring your rad entourage, dude. Dale.
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