Adventure in the Aleutians
While I haven’t dropped off the face of the Earth, I’m close. I’m on the island of Adak in the Aleutians, easily the most remote place I’ve ever been. I’m too busy exploring (and the Internet is on the slow side), so I won’t be able to write regular posts this week. I’ll have one long post about Adak after I get back; here are some teaser photos.
The arrow marks the location of Adak Island. To the northeast is Alaska; to the east is the Yukon (Canada); to the west and northwest is Russia. Adak is about 1,300 miles from Anchorage; the flight took 3 hours.
First glimpse of Adak in the fog as the plane was descending
The raw beauty of Adak is breathtaking
This beach could be in the Hawaiian Islands!
View of the town. Adak had a U.S. Navy base until 1997. 6,000 people used to live in these buildings. Now most of them are abandoned. Currently there are 100 permanent residents on the island.
Abandoned enlisted housing
This is a true ghost town. Not a soul lives here now. Wandering through the dark and empty corridors of these barracks is quite creepy. This would be a perfect set for a zombie movie.
World War II Quonset hut
Torn curtain fluttering in the wind
One of the most haunting views I’ve encountered on Adak so far