What a great little town of about 9,000 residents. Everything is close enough to walk and no buses required. After the daily bus rides in Juneau, this is a treat. We think this is the best town in Southeast.
Devon too enjoyed Sitka. We ate lots of seafood (he even got tired of it!), we hiked, walked, enjoyed fireworks on the 3rd and the parade and food booths on the 4th of July. Cruisers and locals alike in Sitka are so friendly and helpful. It helps that the last week has been unbelievable weather here; warm and sunny for the last 5 days(one day hit 91F). Our son flew back home Sunday. After a few tears were shed on my part, I am at peace with traveling again. As I have said in the past, the hardest part about this lifestyle is missing day to day activities with family and friends. The gatherings, births, holidays, birthdays, etc., etc.
We hiked to the top of Mt. Vestovia (2550 ft. and about 2.5 hrs each way) and had a panoramic view of Sitka and the surrounding islets as well as Mt. Edgcumbe, a volcano. We met 2 young Coast Guard guys that flew in formation in the helicopters above the 4th of July parade downtown. After sharing tidbits of our lives, we thanked them for what they do. As one of them said, “We know, it’s nice to meet us but you never want to see us again”. Couldn’t have said it better myself. I really don’t want to see them in a helicopter above me either while we are at sea.
We caught up with our friends on Mutineer V, Noeta and Serendipity while here which makes it difficult to leave this cute town but tomorrow we will be off and running once again on our continuing journey southward towards the Puget Sound. We had several people here try to convince us to winter over here but considering heavy rain starts in October and really short days begin about that time too we decided it wouldn’t be a good fit. But with regard to the people here, it would be easy. Off we go…