The best view of the city of Kodiak isn’t much of a secret, anyone will tell you — just drive up Pillar Mountain. The problem is it’s usually just too foggy to see anything. In fact the fog in Kodiak is legendary, it once saved the island from an air attack in WWII. It’s hard to bomb a place if you can’t find it!
But last weekend, I lucked out and had two gorgeous days on the island before the rain and fog came in. After 18 years of living on Kodiak, I can tell you this is an incredibly rare thing so I didn’t waste much time driving up to see the town from the top of Pillar.
Pillar Mountain is known on the island for more than just its view though — it was the evacuation route during the great Alaska earthquake and tsunami of 1964. My dad, who lived through it, has told me about the traffic jam that occurred when all the city’s cars took to the road to get up to the top of Pillar. Eventually people just got out and started running up the mountain.
Now Pillar is home to eight windmills, which still surprise me whenever I look up there. These were all built after I left the island for college.
Looking over this city makes me feel blessed to have grown up in such a beautiful place. I didn’t appreciate it as much as a teenager (no malls, one movie theater, nowhere to drive to), but coming home after so long away, it’s easy to fall back in love.