Kodiak Island is about 550 miles south & slightly west of the city of Anchorage. Many major airlines fly in/out of Ted Stevens International Airport, including, but not limited to: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Grant Aviation, Pen Air, Qantas, & United Airlines. From there to the island of Kodiak you may take one of the many commercial flights offered daily by either Alaska Airlines or Ravn Airlines.
Alternately, if you have the time & inclination to explore more of Alaska you might enjoy driving from Anchorage to the quirky little town of Homer, Alaska. The Alaska Marine Highway System has a very efficient ferry schedule, & it is about a 12-hour trip from Homer to the city of Kodiak, or one of the two outlying native villages of Port Lions or Ouzinkie.
Since there are no roads to our home, the most logical & enjoyable way to get to our homestead is via "air taxi." Float planes that take off & land on the water are quite common in Alaska, & really give the pilots & passengers unparalleled views of our stunning island. Call or email any of the wonderful charter businesses listed below to arrange your flight from the city of Kodiak out to our off-grid homestead.
Depending on the time of year, our 26-foot aluminum landing craft, "Black Bette," may be available for transportation between Anton Larsen Bay & Mystic Mountain. This trip takes an average of 30 minutes to drive over the mountain pass & then 50 minutes on the water, & includes a cruise past one of the largest sea otter colonies on the island. Such a vessel is also known as a "skiff" & has no cabin of any sort. If this is how you & your group will be reaching us, be sure to dress warmly & bring your raingear in case we have a bout of Kodiak's infamous "Liquid Sunshine" or rough seas.
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VOLUNTEER TRAVEL Mystic Mountain supports the efforts of WWOOF-USA. Their website explains: " Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA®) is part of a worldwide effort to link visitors with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices." We found our 2013 wonder-workers through this site, & fully intend on traveling as volunteers on OTHER people's farms throughout the winters!
Other voluntourism organizations includeWorkAway,HelpX, & the newest (& FREE!) network on the Work/Play Vaca scene isHippoHelp!
ORGANIC GARDENING Check outKodiak Growers on Facebook, our local network of gardener/nurturers. If you EVER have a question about ANYthing related to gardening, visit them and post your query; these awesome folks may very likely be able to help.
DRIPWORKShas the MOST fun on-line garden planner program!! Takes a lot of the drudgery out of crop rotation, successive sowing, guesswork at planting time, etc. Check them out! Once you've entered your schematics of your garden layout & the plants you've selected, they even email you periodic reminders of what/when to plant!
ALASKAN SEAFOOD If you're looking for ideas for new ways to cook your awesome, delicious AND nutritious Alaskan seafood, check out the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute website ! They have ALL kinds of relevant articles about the commercial fishing lifestyle, the nutritional contents of various Alaskan seafood, methods of preparing, etc. You could spend DAYS exploring this site!
KODIAK INFO To learn more about our gorgeous "Emerald Isle," visit our local visitor's bureau: Discover Kodiak! Use their AMAZING interactive map to plan other adventures around your visit to Mystic Mountain!!
Where to eat when on-island: My favorite place to eat or drink, hands-down, is Henry's Great Alaskan Sports Restaurant!Offering familiar sportsbar fare, an awesome variety of salads (ALL ORGANIC!) & over 20 beers on tap, this is the most consistently delicious, reasonably-priced dining you will find in our little town. Take a few minutes to enjoy all the Alaskan art & artifacts on display! For your morning cup'o'joe with a freshly-baked muffins & a nice selection of breakfast sammies or a beautifully fresh & creative lunch, take a 15-minute drive out to Java Flats. Be sure to grab a couple of their ginormous cookies to snack on later!!
An amazing array of Native Alaskan art & artifacts are on display at Henry's.
Things to do while you're in town: If you are a history buff, art connoissuer or wildlife lover you'd best make plans to spend several hours visiting the following museums & organizations, three of which are within an easy two-block radius of each other. The Baranov Museum is Alaska's oldest building & was the office for the otter-pelt trade nearly 200 years ago! The Alutiiq Museum curates an incredible collection of Alaskan art & artifacts. The National Wildlife Refuge Center houses a magnificent collection of information & exhibits about our local wild- & marine life. The Kodiak Fisheries Research Center, (just a short drive or long walk across the Near Island Bridge,) is home to an awesome aquarium displaying swimmin' critters from the waters around Kodiak Island & a super-fun TOUCH TANK that's like goin' tidepooling indoors!
If you have any suggestions or requests regarding information or pictures you'd like to see on this site, please e-mail me : Ginger@MysticMountain.org If you have skills, experience &/or enthusiasm to lend, please send us a note. There's always a lot going on, & many hands make light work!!