Cordova Alaska is the quintessential Alaskan fishing town. Everything here revolves around the Red Salmon run that starts on May 16th.

There are no roads to Cordova. No cruise lines stop here, and very few recreational boaters make Cordova home. This is a fishing village with wonderful salt of the earth fishing families.

As far as stores, and facilities, if you need it to get salmon to market, you'll find it here. If it's not commercial fishing related you won't find it here. It's that simple. No pretense to be something it's not, Cordova is all about the red salmon.


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The harbor is the center of life in Cordova. Hiking through town there are a few stores including the best equipped commercial marine hardware store I have ever seen. Not like a West Marine, no you won't find any bimini parts, or cup holders there. but... if you need a 4" stainless steel ball valve, yep they have a couple sitting on the floor.

The highlight of my hike was the old taco bus, Baja Taco. This started out as a old school bus turned taco stand a very long time ago. Then they put the bus up on blocks and covered it with a roof. They put a warm dry place to munch your tacos next door, and the bus is kinda in the carport. You order from the bus and then go inside if you want to eat. I had a plate of Nachos that were amazingly good. Perhaps it was the frumpy location, perhaps it was finding a place like this in an Alaskan Fishing Village, but I walked away happy.


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The harbor has the largest assortment of commercial fishing boats I have ever seen. Each boat has a purpose. One type are are Seiners. These are large boats with booms. They put out a lot of net and have several crew on board.

In the foreground of the photo below are Bow Pickers. These boats also put out nets, but the nets are smaller. The Bow pickers are about 30' or so in length, and typically have a crew of just two.


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One very interesting thing that I saw were a couple barge homes. This is something I've never seen before so of course I had to go investigate and talk to the owners. The homes are built on a variety of bottoms. One had a 6' pipe that was cut in half with diamond plate welded to the top. The other was plywood with fiberglass coating. One was a year round home, and the other was owned by a local fisherman that resides in Colorado in the winter. Both were hooked to city water, and used USCG approved marine treatment systems for waste. The owner of the year round home hauls water in the winter as the dock water is shut off for five months. Both were at the end of a very long dock that did not look like much fun in a Cordova snowstorm.


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With the weather turning snotty, and my commitments for Mothers Day on Sunday it is time for me to Skedaddle. Here are the windy.com wind forecasts for the next few days. I'll be heading back across Prince William Sound, out of good internet communications range, and will provide updates as I get bandwidth.

As you can see it would be smart for me to cross my portion of the Gulf of Alaska on Wednesday.


You can always follow my progress on my SPOT page at

https://share.findmespot.com/shared/...j23OquWOj2N3Xe

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