The Wet Dog Race

Here is a video I just came across.  My friend Petr just landed a 25 pound halibut on his Seadoo.  Enjoy



“Paving the Way or the Big Wet Dog Race That Could” – We attempted 2,000 miles but got turned back as we were crossing towards the Aleutians; still 1,000 miles on a personal watercraft is not bad, especially when you consider our start point of Port of Anchorage. //

Wet Dog Expedition – May 19th – June 6th – (Checkpoint 7) Kodiak (N57.47.081 W152.24.592) is located near the eastern tip of Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska and is the largest island in Alaska. It is 252 air miles south of Anchorage. The USCG comprises a large portion of the community, which is primarily non-Native, with the majority of the population being Sugpiaq Eskimos or Aleuts.

Kodiak experiences frequent cloud cover and fog.

From the official Kodiak Island Visitors Guide –

The Kodiak Island Archipelago is a large group of islands about 30 miles off the coast of Alaska. The archipelago is about 177 miles long and encompasses nearly 5,000 square miles, roughly the size of the state of Connecticut.

At 3,588 square miles, Kodiak Island is the largest island in the group and the second largest island in the United States. Only the island of Hawaii is larger. The City of Kodiak, at the northeastern tip of the island, is about 250 miles south of Anchorage. The city serves as the major supply and transportation hub for the archipelago’s six villages.
Although the main population center surrounds the City of Kodiak, there are also six small cities in the Kodiak Archipelago. Five are located on Kodiak Island and one is on Spruce Island.

The archipelago is a continuation of the Kenai Mountain Range, which begins on the Kenai Peninsula, 90 miles to the north. Lying in the Aleutian Trench, the archipelago has been strongly influenced by both volcanic and seismic activity along the “chain of fire.”

Ten thousand years ago, most of the islands were covered by glaciers that scored and carved the landscape. Jagged peaks, fjord-like bays and wide U-shaped valleys were left by the glacial retreat.
Nature’s handiwork created a place of spectacular scenic beauty and a wilderness ideally suited for land, sea and and marine life. Lush vegetation carpets the terrain, giving the Emerald Isle its name.

In April, Whale Fest Kodiak celebrates the annual migration of gray whales through Kodiak waters with educational programs, music and art. Whales can also be observed from several points along Kodiak’s road system throughout spring and summer months.

Memorial Day weekend is important in Kodiak. It signals the end of winter and the promise of sunshine and warmer weather. Crab Festival, a Kodiak tradition for more than 50 years, celebrates the bounty of the sea. People come to Kodiak from all over Alaska to enjoy this four-day festival. Food is the main attraction, along with carnival rides, survival suit races and demonstrations by the Coast Guard rescue team. A large art exhibit provides opportunity for artists to show and sell their work. Two ceremonies during the festival are very important to local fishing families.
A moving Fisherman’s Memorial Service honors those lost at sea during the past year and the blessing of the Fleet sends the current fleet off with prayers for a safe return. Mark your calendar! Crab Festival is scheduled this year May 21 – 25, 2009. (Guess where we’re planning on stopping!!!!

In the tradition of the nation, Kodiak celebrates the 4th of July with a parade and fireworks. The many cultures of Kodiak are highlighted with colorful and lively parade floats.

In August, hundreds of people travel to Kodiak to honor the life and canonization of St. Herman of the Russian Orthodox Church by making a pilgrimage to his home on Spruce Island.

Labor Day weekend is Rodeo and State Fair time in Kodiak. Equestrian events, exhibits assembled by active 4-H clubs, and a full-fledged rodeo fill the weekend with fun and laughter.

A thriving arts community provides a variety of performances, art shows, and musical entertainment throughout the year. The sporting community hosts activities ranging from high school athletics to cycling, running and other competitive opportunities. In other words Kodiak, in spite of its remote location and rugged landscape, is a typical small town.
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Paving the Way Expedition Proposed Route Description & Waypoints

Our start point is vicinity of (N61.12.720 W149.56.273) from Anchorage to Kenai and is approximately 87 miles.

Our next checkpoint is from Kenai (N60.32.863 W151.16.156) to Kasilloff. A convention and Visitor Center is located at Kenai. The number there is 907-283-1991. Kenai is a 2.5 to 3 hour car drive or about 160 road miles south of Anchorage along a scenic highway.

(Checkpoint 3 = SP3) Kenai to Kasilloff is 14 miles. Kasillof (N60.33.025 W151.15.755)

(Checkpoint 3) Anchor Point (N59.46.797 W151.51.906) – Anchor Point is 200 miles south of Anchorage and an hour drive from the Kenai River. Kachemak Bay is the location of the commercial fishermen and business owners. Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce, Anchor Point Senior Citizens, Friends of the Library, and the local post of the VFW all boast an active membership and sponsor many events.

Anchor Point to Port Chatham is 51 miles.

(Checkpoint 4) Port Chatham (N59.12.517 W151.47.307) Port Chatham is part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (the Refuge) which encompasses over 3,000 islands, headlands, islets, and offshore pinnacles along the Alaska coastline, from Icy Cape in the north, to Forrester Island in the south.

(Checkpoint 5) Barren Island (N58.57.219 W151.15.114)


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