Delarof Harbor, Unga Island, Alaska, USA

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA -- #1; the intrepid explorer and your blogger kayaking

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA — #1; the intrepid explorer and your blogger kayaking

 

Unga Island is an island in the Aleutians East Borough, Alaska, USA.  It is he largest of the Shumagin Islands off the Alaska Peninsula in southwestern Alaska.  The island has a land area of 171 square miles (443 square kilometers), making it the 35th largest island in the United States.  The island holds an ancient petrified wood forest and a more recent ghost town that was the site of a small gold rush in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  We took Zodiac boats from our ship anchored in Delarof Harbor to the pebble beach of the harbor, where a group of twelve of us embarked on a two-hour kayak paddle around the harbor and part of Unga Island.  The terrain was quite rugged, with tall cliffs, low rising hills and pounding surf; it is also treeless, except for a few trees around the village brought over by Norwegian settlers.  The island is another island home to thousands of seagulls and puffins and many sea otters in the kelp.

 

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA -- #2

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA — #2

 

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA -- #3; the arches at the end of the peninsula reminded us of Los Cabos, Mexico

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA — #3; the arches at the end of the peninsula reminded us of Los Cabos, Mexico

 

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA -- #4

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA — #4

 

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA -- #5

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA — #5

 

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA -- #6

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA — #6

 

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA -- #7

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA — #7

 

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA -- #8

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA — #8

 

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA -- #9

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA — #9

 

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA -- #10

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA — #10

 

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA -- #11

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA — #11

 

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA -- #12; the intrepid explorer and your blogger relaxing on the shore in front of part of the old ghost town, waiting for a Zodiac to return to o

Delarof Harbor, Unger Island, Alaska, USA — #12; the intrepid explorer and your blogger relaxing on the shore in front of part of the old ghost town, waiting for a Zodiac to return to our ship after kayaking

 

Legal Notices: All photographs (except the two photographs of the kayakers) copyright © 2017 by Richard C. Edwards. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Permission to link to this blog post is granted for educational and non-commercial purposes only.

 

4 thoughts on “Delarof Harbor, Unga Island, Alaska, USA

  1. Beautiful wildflowers! You guys are obviously making sure to not leave one rock unturned in your lives because you so enjoy the surprises under them. I am pretty fearless but kayaking in freezing waters is not something I would gladly undertake. Kudos to you.

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