More Attu Photos and a Story

So it is a rainy morning here in Florida and I figured I can get another Attu post up on here.

It was a beautiful sunny day up there in the middle of July when we decided to take a trip up to Chichagof Harbor. Chichagof was a base for the Japanese in World War II and there is a ton of stuff left over up there. The big problem is getting out there to see it. There aren’t a whole lot of roads on the island and they ended up at the memorial and after that there isn’t much but a couple of tire tracks in the long grass. Our only off road vehicles were Kawasaki Mules which normally could handle a bit of off-roading.

We left fairly early because it would be a long trip out there and back, probably something like 8 hours total. Once you get out past the Peaceful River valley and up into the mountains the views were incredible.

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Looking back towards the LORAN Station thourgh the Peaceful River Valley.

There was no shortage of interesting sights with a lot of left overs from when the island was an Army and Navy base.

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There were rumors that this was a tunnel filled with earthmoving equipment and other vehicles that the Army or Navy blasted the ends shut.

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For the short summer months everything went green and there were tons of wildflowers in bloom.

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One of the many rivers we had to try to cross.

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This lake was as far as we got. The Mule I was riding in was actually only working in one wheel drive we found by this point. The obstacles ended up getting much worse after this pond with many more streams to cross and it just wasn’t going to do it. So we had to turn back from here.

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An old axle from some sort of trailer.

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The stream that we got stuck in forcing the other Mule to come back and tow us out.

Getting stuck wasn’t the end of the fun. We managed to nurse the vehicle back to the point where we had stopped in the first picture when the front tie rod broke in the vehicle that was working fine. Since the one was only working in one wheel drive it wasn’t towing the other one back so we had to wait for a tow from the station. This misadventure proved that it was a good idea for two vehicles to make a trip out to any remote areas on the island.

I can probably put together one more post from my photos of Attu and I’m sure I will at some point.

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