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 one could take care of them, so he built this fortress for them and gets calls from all over to come get cubs to raise. No polar bears but plenty of black and brown bears along with our new favorite bird in the wild...eagles.
Sitka is an area that has a lot of Russian heritage. It was once under the control of the Russian Empire and was called the capital of the Russian Empire. Russia sold Alaska to the US when the sea otter belts nearly became extinct for 7.2 million dollars and is frequently called Steward's Folley. It was here in Sitka on Castle Hill that the American flag was first raised in 1867.
Oops I am at my 150 pix limit, so I will have to wait 30 days before posting pixs of Victoria and Seattle...sorry