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Morzhovoi Bay Exploration (Click on Image for More Photos)

Shortly after arriving at Cold Bay, I discovered that a group was planning to take a backpacking trip to a point farther out on the Alaska Peninsula. The organizers had somehow discovered that there were remains of an ancient Aleut village at a specific location near Morzhovoi Bay. The Aleuts were the native inhabitants of the Aleutians, and had lived in that area for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The goal of the trip was to find and explore that abandoned ancient Aleut village. I had always been interested in anthropology and archaeology, and had loved hiking since I was just a small boy. Needless to say, I joined the group. I just couldn’t pass up a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Despite the fact that we never found that village, the trip turned out to be one of my greatest adventures. I developed a passion for backpacking that continued throughout my life. That was a memorable Memorial Day weekend in one of the most remote parts of the world.
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Preparing to Leave
Preparing to Leave
Loading Up
Loading Up
Flying to Morshovoi Bay
Flying to Morshovoi Bay
Leaving Us Behind
Leaving Us Behind
First Night
First Night
Friday Morning
Friday Morning
Freshwater Lake
Freshwater Lake
Quivering Ground
Quivering Ground
Calm Waters
Calm Waters
Cloudy Skies and Clear Water
Cloudy Skies and Clear Water
Fishing
Fishing
From Where We Came
From Where We Came
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