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May 31, 2019 - Lumbering in Ketchikan

30th May - Ketchikan Even with (supposed) blockout curtains, the bright sunshine woke me at 4am. I managed to go back to sleep for another hour but that was it. Given that we could exit the ship around 7, I organised for a continental breakfast to be delivered to the cabin around 6.30. Right on time, there was a gentle knock on the door and my yoghurt, cranberry juice, fresh fruit, croissant and pot of tea were served. Right on 7am, I was walking down the gangway and onto the short pier. It was already pleasantly warm (locals said it was...

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May 30, 2019 - Serene Sitka

29th May - Sitka When I say Alaska, what type of weather do you envisage? Cold? Icy? Hot chocolate and marshmallow weather? Warm, thick, snuggly jumper weather? Scarves and gloves weather? Me too!! Well, at least I did until I came on this trip! I have been mightily ripped off!! :). :) Apart from the odd day when it has been a bit windy and cool on deck, it has largely been sunny, warm, t-shirt weather! Today was no exception. We arrived in the quaint little town of Sitka around 7.30am (this tour isn’t for the faint hearted or those who...

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Aug 10, 2018 - Sitka on Baranof Island

Sitka ranks as probably our favorite stop on the cruise. It's actually not on the Inside Passage, but on the western coast of Baranof Island. Some ships tender here; but, we were fortunate to be able to dock near the ferry terminal and take the free shuttle bus about 6 miles to town. It was what we imagined stepping into the Russian Alaska of yesteryear might be like. We made our first stop at St. Michael's Cathedral with its pretty onion-shaped dome and ornate interior which reflects that heritage. Unfortunately, some major renovation...

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Adventures for 2018

Jul 3, 2018 - Sitka, Alaska Jet-Cat Wildlife Adventure & Whale Breaching

Starfish island. Starfish, eels, crabs, hermit crabs, huckleberry tree with berries on it, barnacles, clams, mussels. Saw a Sitka black tailed deer swim to shore. Amazing excursion day ended with seeing a humpback whale breach twice!! Got terrific photos!

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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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