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Jun 15, 2016 - June 3rd...Sitka, Alaska

Today we are taking a excursion called Birds, Bears and Barnacles.....first to the Alaska Rapture Center for eagles, horny owls, and snowy owls plus loads of other birds. Our second stop was the Sitka Marine Science Center for live touch fish tanks, it was really fun. We also saw a skeleton of a whale hanging in the museum. Then off to the Fortress of the Bears to view the black and brown bears living in the Fortress. This was built when a gentleman became stressed over the killing of young bears when the moms had already been killed. No...

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Aug 2, 2015 - Day 18-20 Sitka

The ferry trip from Juneau to Sitka was 6 hours traversing a water route that twisted and turned around bays, straits, and islands. The ferry was a catamaran capable of speeds up to 37 mph using water jets, not propellers, with power from four diesel engines. Reclining seats with tables in various configurations provided a comfortable ride. The weather broke as we traveled and the views were awesome. Upon arrival at Sitka we stayed in a room called the “Treehouse” at Ravens Peek bed and breakfast. It was small but modern and had a...

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Jul 6, 2015 - Our trip on the ferry Chenega, from Juneau to Sitka

This entry is disjointed in many ways, the pictures are disorganized, the text is sparse and I will leave it at that. I have attempted to write this several times from the library in Sitka and after several hours, I'm done. The computer can't seem to sync with the wifi at the library and now I'm using my own cell phone hotspot. We were scheduled out of Juneau on July 2, but high winds kept us in port due to cancellation of service. We finally left port on the 4th and what was a 2 day delay turned out to be a blessing in disguise. On the...

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Dream On

Jun 3, 2015 - Sitka, AK

Wed, 03 Jun: Sitka Alaska, grey seas, rain & drizzle. We'll stay "home" snug and dry... This is our third visit to Sitka, two of which were with not very nice weather. Today is one of those two. We had a very nice voyage from Yakutat Bay (Hubbard Glacier) to Sitka. We were in unprotected waters most of the way, but it was smooth and we both slept well. When we opened the drapes this morning we were greeted by a grey wall of fog that was almost the exact color of the ocean and sky. The ship's fog whistle was sounding every two minutes so we...

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2015 Travels

May 11, 2015 - Sitka

Today we are in Sitka, Alaska a beautiful little place for our last stop before Vancouver. For centuries Sitka was the ancestral home to the Kiksadi clan of the Tlingit people. In 1799, Russian territorial Governor Alexander Baranof negotiated a deal with the local chief to build St. Michael Archangel, a wooden fort and trading post 6 miles south of the present town. He moved large numbers of his Russian hunters there from Kodiak Island. War broke out between the Russians and the locals who were driven to the other side of the Island in...

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Aug 18, 2014 - Sitka

We arrived in Sitka Monday afternoon and departed Tuesday evening. It was pretty easy to kill a day and a half here. Sitka ranks 9th on the Smithsonian's Top 20 Best Small Towns To Visit. Sitka has a lot of Russian influence as well as a lot of original Tlingit Native Indian culture. They were the first to live here then Russia defeated them and claimed it for their own. There is still litigation in place where the Tlingit Nation is claiming Russia never owned the land to sell to the USA. The Totem poles were originally carved by the...

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Aug 8, 2014 - Last Day in Sitka

Fri., Aug. 8th – Steve had a great time this morning fly fishing for salmon. He actually had them taking the fly rather than just snagging the fish…much more his style of fishing. We spent the rest of the afternoon finishing our sightseeing downtown. We visited Castle Hill (great views) where the transfer of Alaska took place on Oct. 18th, 1867, then did the walking tour of downtown with our last stop in the old Russian Cemetery. Sitka is old…very, very old. Much that I’ve read speculates the Tlingits occupied this area as early as 11,000...

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Aug 7, 2014 - Sitka

Thur., Aug. 7th – Steve is becoming pretty comfortable with this business of loading and unloading the RV on the ferry. It was easy, peasy this morning. Our cruise through the waterway took us around some narrow island passages, through some very dense fog/clouds, and out into the Gulf of Alaska. Along the way, we saw some breeching humpbacks at a distance and one orca whale fairly close to the ship. Just before noon we arrived at Sitka - situated on Baranof Island on the outer coast of the panhandle. With the sun still shining, we unhooked...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Juneau to Sitka

We spent the night again at the ferry terminal as we leave early for Sitka on the Fairweather but without the RV. Costs more to bring it than staying in a B+B (and the B+B is looking forward to Beau coming along). The fast ferry does about 38 knots versus the 20 or so for the regular ferry. We will make one stop at Angoon. There was nothing around the ferry dock at Angoon. The town of 900 is 2.5 miles down the road and that road makes up the only road they have – hard to go for a ride but that is when their boats come in handy. Were told...

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May 28, 2014 - Sitka

This was Ed’s fishing day. $20 for a one-day license and he was ready to go after Dolly Varden trout with his fly rod. In Montana, the Dolly Varden is called the bull trout. Ed likes the name of the famous singer better. Ed looked around for good spots on the Indian River but he ended up fished at the campground because there was a small creek there and there were fish splashes and one jump a couple days earlier. This day? Nothing. Notta. Nichts. The earlier salmon fishing skunking at least had a nice boat ride with it. The next fishing...

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May 27, 2014 - Sitka

The sunny days had to end. Overcast this morning ….but no rain! We’re OK with it since we took all the nice pictures yesterday with blue sky in the background. We went downtown again. Everyone knows of the early Russian ownership of Alaska and its influence on Sitka. All this was put into perspective at the Bishop’s House. We don’t want to repeat all the info available on Wikipedia but the Bishop’s House was one of the historical highlights in our Sitka visit. The National Park Service’s Totem Park was also great. It had excellent displays...

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May 26, 2014 - Sitka

It’s our first full day in Sitka and it’s our 4th sunny day in a row. Oh, my. Al Gore’s prediction is coming true! There are lots of docks around town filled mostly with commercial fishing boats. We’ll try to keep the number of photos down but we really like the look of any working boats. The towns in SE Alaska all seem to hold salmon derbies over two weekends starting with Memorial Day weekend. Ketchikan started its derby the day we left. Today is the Monday of the 3-day weekend and Sitka is well into their derby. There are salmon...

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