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USA, Alaska, Unalaska, Dutch Harbor

Cinematographer John and me. Bering Sea in the background

Cinematographer John and me. Bering Sea in the background

King Crab, Eagles and Salmon.
19 th of September Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA.This landscape looks like the home of the Hobbits in the Lord of the Ring. Mountains covered with a green soft carpet. In clear weather you see snowcapped mountains and volcanoes. On the summits of around Unalaska there are remains from World War Two. Bunkers and batteries. The bay is habited by seals, sea utters and hump back whales. In the air and on rocks and masts there are white headed eagles in abundance. The creeks around the village are boiling with salmon who are striving upstream to breed. As soon as they have done this they die. Thatโ€™s their moments of being ๐Ÿ˜‰ On the banks along the creeks you see heaps of smelling dead fish. On the docks the crab cages are piled up, ready for the crab fishing season to start. Despite the number of inhabitants (4400) the harbor is huge. It actually consists of several harbors. So different compared to the harbors I have seen so far in Greenland, Canada and Alaska. Very wealthy and BIG.
Yesterday 18/9 was the last day of filming with Primitive Entertainment. They spent almost the entire day on different locations interviewing me. Backgrounds like the sea and the mountains. In the evening we all ( me, Kevin, John, Sanjay, Scott, Yves and the two new crew members of Libellule; Alain and Julie) went to The Aleutian Hotel to eat their famous sea food buffet. We were all stuffed with King Crab, Sushi, Halibut, Salmon, Shrimps and desserts before we said goodnight and split up.
Today 19/9 I have booked a ferry that will leave Dutch Harbor 24/9 and arrive at Homer the 27/9. I have not decided yet but my plan is to continue along the coast to Prince Rupert BC and hopefully go the island Haida Gwaii which, according to Kevin is a magic place. There are pine tree rainforests and old Indian villages.
I have also moved from the boat to the Aleutian Hotel where I will stay until I catch the ferry. This morning I said goodby to the film crew. It feels sad in a way because we have been together now and then during three months on locations like Reykjavik, Nuuk, Illulisat, Pond Inlet. In Cambridge Bay there was another crew.
In the meantime I will investigate Unalaska and the surrounding nature which is, as far as I have seen, very promising. I have contact with a naturalist guide and if all things fit together, she will take me for a hike in the mountains looking and birds and flowers.
I will be back with more about Unalaska and how things develop here.

Richard

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Canada Cambridge Bay – Westward Ho!

My cabin at Libellule

My cabin at Libellule

Manfred Becker, the director of the crew in Cambridge Bay, at the dock

Manfred Becker, the director of the crew in Cambridge Bay, at the dock

Joined the Libelllule katamaran today 28th of  August. Philipp owner and crew Yves, Silvain, Michael and me. Got my own cabin – how about that! We just done some shopping for the boat and I bought myself a pair of well insulated rubber boots. According to a local man I asked, he uses the same sort I got all year around. I also found some mittens since gloves don’t function so well when it is freezing and you are on the watch. Today everybody seems to be gathered in Cambridge Bay. There are several sailing boats doing the passage. Some Alaskans coming from Seward decided to put their Empiricus on the hard over the winter and start the next season by exploring the vicinity and not just rush through like most Northwestpassengers do. They invited me to Seward if I come there. There are also two guys in a rowing boat coming down the McKenzie River and through Tuktuyaktok to here. Besides that a cruise ship is anchored in the bay so now the whole village is boiling with waterbound tourists.
At this moment I am so happy the way my journey has developed. I might consider myself as THE HITCHIKER OF THE ARCTIC. Lots of credits to my personal hitchhiker travel agency Primitive Entertainment. A truly primitive and basic way of travelling ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have no idea when I have possibilities to connect to internet next time. Maybe in Tuk. The ice situation at this moment at Amundsen Bay where we are heading is not good but things change really quickly. Depending on the wind and currents it is impossible to get any forecast, you just have to stay updated with the ice charts. We don’t want to get stuck somewhere along the Alaskan coast surrounded by sea ice. But as soon we have passed Barrow, Alaska we don’t have to worry about ice. The rough sea is not a big problem to Libellule according to Philipp, the owner.

Richard