The Bucket List – the Aleutian Islands

Every now and then I come across something that triggers “man, I’ve gotta see that!” This morning it’s the Aleutian Islands again, prompted by a couple of photographs at the Museum of the Aleutians Web site. I’ve always been fascinated by the Aleutians war – by the difficulty and the brutality of it – and that was brought to the surface when, a few weeks ago on the Infinity, I met a man who fought in it.

There are many challenges to doing a “proper” visit to the islands – weather, logistics, money and time. The weather is seldom conducive to touring, transportation is difficult and expensive, and it would take weeks to do more than skim the surface of what the region has to offer. If you’ve never thought about the Aleutians, have a look at the Unalaska/Port of Dutch Harbor Convention & Visitors Bureau site – intriguing?


The Bucket List – the Aleutian Islands — 3 Comments

  1. Just after I read this post, I met through work a young man who has recently returned from his fourth seasonal stint on a fishing boat (“Red Bluff”, I think he said it was called – salmon, groper (?) I think – does that sound right?) in the Aleutian Islands, Bristol Bay, the Naknek River (King Salmon) and other places with names it wasn’t so easy for me to remember. We had a very interesting chat and the Aleutian Is. certainly sound unique.

  2. Hi Murray. I hope you got a chance to talk to dad a little about his experience on Kiska during one of Shirley and Tony’s deck parties. After his experience on Kiska during WWII, his bucket lists included to someday get back to see some of the beauty of Alaska. So glad he got to check that one off.

    • I did get to talk to your Dad for a bit, Linda, and I quickly discovered that he’s the kind of guy I could spend days with! 🙂