Unalaska, Not Quite Russia



The Aleutian Islands, so far away, so little known, so…..Russian. I knew before we landed that there was a surprising WWII history there, and that it was remote and thinly populated. What I didn’t know was the extent of Russian influence, which is great. But let me start at the beginning.


The port of Dutch Harbor does not have a fancy cruise terminal, but is a serious working port. In fact, only five cruise ships were scheduled to dock there this season, and two didn’t make it, so we were the third and last visitors of the year.


This, according to our wonderful tour guide Bobbie, whose praises I would sing more loudly so that you could book a tour with her, but she proclaimed us to be her last-ever tour group. After 22 years in the business and her husband’s recent retirement, she deserves a rest.


However, she seemingly…

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