As the year comes to a close, the buzz of fireworks spreads through the population of Dutch Harbor and Unalaska as quickly as... well... fire.
Today is December 30, 2009, and as we speak the fireworks display is being set up. Every year, many people come to watch the beautiful bright colors and designs light up the sky. In some previous years, clouds have eerily crawled their way across the mountains and into Front Beach where the display is held every year, and the colors have been blanketed and even exaggerated by the mist.
Tomorrow night at 12:00, the fireworks will go off in an annual celebration of a year done well.
How is this possible, in such a small town? The city decides to order a large set of fireworks and then volunteers set them up on the far side of the bay. Many people are greatful for this, not only as entertainment but also for relaxation and refreshment.
When the year ends and the new decade begins, we'll all look back with a cup of coffee from the coffee hut and smile just thinking about it.