On Friday, May 16, 2014, Janet arrived at my hotel to pick me up 10 minutes early, and was determined to make up for my disappointment of the day before. I embarked on a 6-hour tour with her at a cost of $89 plus tax which was extremely good value since it also included lunch (smoked salmon sandwich which she made specially because I'm not a meat eater), refreshments, and several rest stops. Kodiak Island Van Tours was one of 3 recommended by the Visitor Center. She picked me up in her official tour van, and off we went south past Women's Bay, Middle Bay, Kalsin Bay, to Pasagshak, the surfers' beach, and the Kodiak Launch Complex. We made many stops where Janet went to great lengths to explain the history and ecology of each geographical area discussing matters of interest to me such as wildlife. The highlights were many: beautiful scenery; flora and fauna such as the mosses that form a soft carpet in the forest, and the lichen hanging from the trees like angel hair; details about Sitka spruce; wild roses; the numerous bald eagles; harbor seals; and, of course, the buffalo and their young. During the ride north towards Fort Abercrombie, Janet showed me a video which tied everything together and presented closeups of the 12-foot Kodiak brown bears that I hope to never encounter face to face! We stopped at a beach covered in shale from a subsiding cliff that covered the white sand giving the impression it was black. Finally, we reached Fort Abercrombie where we visited the historic ruins of the WWII coastal defenses and where I took pictures of the rusting cannons in their idyllic surroundings. At the end of our 6 hours together, Janet took me to the Safeway store so I could replenish my supply of toothpaste. This tour is thoroughly recommended by me to anyone and everyone wanting to learn more about Alaska's Kodiak Island. Janet went above and beyond to ensure my enjoyment of her tour, and she succeeded! All this for only one passenger in her van. I can't speak highly enough of her complete professionalism and incredible knowledge of everything on the island.
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