Day 1. Well actually it was Day 2, on Day 1, our flight to Dutch Harbor was canceled due to fog. Fog in Dutch Harbor is not uncommon. It frequently grounds the small passenger planes that transport mostly fishermen and scientists to Alaska’s top fishing port. Dutch was to be our departure point, where we were to get onboard the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s research vessel, Tiglax, (pronounced TEKH-LAH). Tiglax is the Aleut word for “Eagle.”
The research team, nine scientists and two communications staff, were headed to Bogoslof Island for this mission. Mission Bogoslof, sounds like something out of a spy novel. Actually, it’s more like heading to Jurassic Park -- a remote island 40 miles north of Alaska’s rugged Aleutian Island chain, in the middle of the Bering Sea, complete with an active volcano and quick sand (well, more like marsh mud).