timistravels

My job allows me to visit a lot of Alaska on a yearly basis. I wanted to capture the trips in one location!

Where in the world is Naknek, Alaska???

on August 3, 2015
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landing about 8:30 a.m. and watching the beautiful sunrise!

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it was a dry cold (BUT very windy by the water)

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boats are everywhere in this area

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town a tad deserted this time of year, but come July I bet it is packed.

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looking out over Bristol Bay

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since it is salt water it does not freeze totally but since there is some fresh water feeding into the bay the fresh water will freeze and break up as the tide goes in and out.

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I heard they are putting a new museum in this building!

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in front of the famous Naknek River

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March 13 and 14

Naknek, Alaska is the home to Bristol Bay School district, I was thrilled to be able to go there and work with the board this spring.  There are about 550 people that live in Naknek however they are also attached by road to King Salmon.  I flew into the King Salmon airport.

This land is the land of the Yupik and Athabaskan Alaska Natives. The community was known as Naugeik until the Russians came to the area in the 1800’s and changed the spelling to Naknek.

The area is known worldwide for it’s fishing! There was a cannery opened there in 1890 and there were 12 canneries at the height of business.   There are currently 6 processing plants left in Naknek.

Noteworthy tidbit: About 70% of the world’s sockeye is caught here, mostly in July!

The Naknek River runs into the Kvichak Bay arm.  I got to go and stand on the edge of the bay, the cold whistling winds whipped through the air making my eyes water a bit!

For me and my job I found another fascinating fact; the superintendent and 4 out of 5 board members were born/ raised in the area. Can’t say that too often any more!naknek_map


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