"Dillingham, Alaska" Dillingham by mcpangie
Dillingham Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 44 photos
When I started with VT I was living in Dillingham, Alaska (1999-2003) the largest community in Bristol Bay in Southwest Alaska. I first started living out here when I was a college student. I spent my summers commercial fishing or cab driving to put my way through college. Dillingham is a small town, of about 2,400 residents. That's large for "bush Alaska", we are a "hub community". The closest movie theatre is a 330-mile flight into Anchorage. But the people around here are fun to be around.
I took this picture one evening on my way home from work with my work-related digital camera, a Nikon CoolPix5000. It was a cold, foggy day. Wouldn't you know it, being a small friendly town, a handful of people stopped to make sure I wasn't broke down. Taking pictures isn't a local custom in Dillingham.
Summertime in Dillingham is when the town comes alive with fisherman and fish, and a lot of people are too busy to do the proverbial "stop and smell the flowers". People come to Alaska expecting the awesome vistas filled with mountains, glaciers, lakes, and winding rivers. Some people come to Southwest Alaska and see the tundra and scrub spruce forests and think the scenery is just that... scrubby. But if you go walking around you'll soon realize the massive rivers and lakes in this region feed more than the world's largest salmon runs. The tundra is a whole new world down at your feet. The forests are full of flowers and berries and wildlife. In this part of Alaska there is abundant life where ever you look, even if it's at your feet.
Here's an example of what I mean about looking down at your feet. Children love mud puddles, and for a good reason. One day I saw the most amazing sunset. The air had taken on this translucent quality that was making everything glow orange including the gravel roads and mud puddles. The sunset didn't last long enough for me to get in view of the Bay or mountains, but it was pretty even where I was.
- Pros:Small Town
- Cons:Small Town
- In a nutshell:The only thing different about Dillingham and any other small town in American is the only way in is my airplane.
Dillingham's museum has limited hours, but a if you have the chance stop by and read a little about the history of the... more travel advice
There are only a few miles of paved roads in Dillingham, and the roads can get very icy in the winter - particularly... more travel advice
Written Jan 22, 2004
Dillingham in Winter
Written Jan 6, 2004
Fish Camp At Nushagak Point
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