Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Seldovia

Count-down: 25 days until departure for Alaskan Adventure!


Seldovia Harbor, Wikipedia Commons


No roads lead in or out of Seldovia, Alaska.  The only way to get there is by plane or boat.  A tiny town on the Kenai Peninsula, across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Seldovia has been a town since 1787 when it was established as a Russian fur trading post.  Though various native peoples gathered there thousands of years earlier for trade.  Eventually it became a major fishing port when large schools of herring were discovered in the bay.  Canning herring, salmon and other seafoods became Seldovia’s top industry.  

At it’s height it had around 2000 inhabitants.  Then on Good Friday of 1964, an earthquake larger than any that had ever hit North America struck the area.  9.2 on the Richter Scale.  Seldovia would never be the same.  The land dropped 4 feet, putting buildings and the town’s boardwalk in the bay during high tide.   

Today Seldovia has a population of around 255.  The townsfolk seem to welcome visitors to their seaside paradise. They offer fishing, flight seeing, bear viewing, chainsaw carvings, parks and hiking trails as well as sunsets on the beach.  Their website boasts that Seldovia is Alaska’s Most Charming Seaside Community.  

I hope it is.  I’m really looking forward to seeing if they’re right.


Seldovia's grocery store, CrabPot. Wikipedia Commons


For more info:
 Seldovia
Wikipedia


Kathy :)

7 comments:

  1. I visited Alaska several years ago on a small boat cruise. Didn't get where you're going, but it is spectacularly beautiful. Enjoy!

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  2. Wow from 2000 to 225 what a loss. I'm getting as excited as you are on your countdown.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! It's very nice to "meet" you!

    My mom went to Alaska two years ago and she STILL talks about how wonderful and beautiful it was. I know you're excited about your adventure!

    Cheers,
    Jen

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  5. Wow, I've heard of that earthquake but didn't know about this town. How devastating. Love the idea of remote towns like this with no roads leading in or out.

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  6. That's one heck of an earthquake. I wonder if you can still see areas that were placed underwater?

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  7. The land dropped four feet?! Whoa. Freaky. It sounds like it'll be fun. Just watch out for those bears.

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