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The Other Emerald Isle

By Linda Tancs

Ireland may be the place best known by the sobriquet “the Emerald Isle,” but Kodiak, Alaska could run a close second.  Located on the second largest island in the United States, the city is 250 air miles southwest of Anchorage in the Gulf of Alaska.  Adopting the motto “Alaska’s Emerald Isle,” the home of the Kodiak bear is, like its Irish soul mate, an area of lush natural beauty.  Take it all in–the greensward, mountains, islands and wildlife–from atop Pillar Mountain.  One of the biggest draws, taking place this weekend, is the Kodiak Crab Festival.


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