Kiska Island & Cruising

Jul 28, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


Fog met us this morning as we anchored in Kiska Harbor, where long ago in the fog, rain, and chilly marine environment of western Alaska at large occurred one of the largest “battles” fought in the Aleutians during World War II. It was a humbling experience to walk these grounds of the Kiska National Historic Landmark. How difficult it is to imagine what went through the minds of the 34,000 American troops that were transported to Kiska to reclaim the island from the Japanese, the conditions seemed fitting and allowed us to take in this remote island in its rich, impacting state.

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Annie Fiske

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Hailing from the Pacific Northwest and spending her first nights in a tent at the tender age of six weeks old, Annie grew up with a love for the outdoors and adventuring. Raised in Tacoma, Washington, she considers herself lucky to have grown up in an area that allowed her to fall in love with the mountains and sea as one. Attending college in Alaska fostered an even stronger love for the untamed beauty of wilderness that Annie holds close today. After spending years working as a research assistant on Kodiak Island, Alaska, and teaching outdoor education, conservation, and guiding in places like Catalina Island, Denali National Park, and Olympic National Park, Annie transitioned into small ship exploration in 2012 and has not looked back.

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