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FRIDAY, APRIL 24 DUTCH HARBOR, ALASKA, USA

1. God Bless the USA! Even here, in the heart of the Aleutian Islands, we know we are home! The fishing industry in Dutch Harbor/Unalaska (800 miles Southwest of Anchorage) is booming - perhaps one of the few places in the world not suffering financial difficulties.
2. Evidently these treeless hills are green in the summer – but our day was bleak, wet and windy.
3. An exciting welcome – a lone bald eagle, the first of many we would see. The island’s people population is only 5000 friendly, helpful folks.
4 & 5. The 1824 Church of Holy Ascension (Orthodox), a national historic landmark and one of the top ten most endangered.
6. World War 2 Memorial park.
7. Fishing boats line a small boat harbor and cannery. Millions of pounds of King Crab, Snow Crab, Halibut, Cod and Herring are caught, processed and exported by the fleets and canneries. Unemployment is only 2%.
8, 9 & 10. Locals call the Bald Eagles “dumpster divers”. Seems the fishing is good for everyone!
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Posted by Swenigale 23:21

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