Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Day 5 Sitka, Alaska

What a great day in Sitka! Kudos to the Shore Excursion Staff for recommending that I change my tour to the Captain’s Choice Wildlife Quest & Beach Trek…. It was a great tour. I hope you appreciate the wildlife shots. They are not easy and to get humpback whales, sea otters, harbor seals, gray whales, all sorts of sea stars, brown bears and bald eagles all in the same 3 hour tour is amazing…. So…the tour was great, I saw lots of wildlife and the flora was no less spectacular. This place is so rich in flora & fauna it is incredable. It is so lush and green….. magnificent. After arriving back at shore I toured around Sitka checking out St. MichaelsCathedral, a Russian Orthodox church built in 1844-48, the Sitka Museum, St. Peter’s By the Sea Espiscopal Church (1899) and finally the Sitka National Historic Park. There, I saw the last of the Salmon swimming upstream and dying by the hundreds….the place is littered with dead salmon being eated by the seagulls. The trails were magnificent, again so lush it was amazing. All in all it was a great day…. Tomorrow we will be in Ketchikan, Alaska. I am doing a floatplane tour…pretty cool! Here is a description:
Magnificent Misty Fjords byFloatplane
Board an authentic Alaska seaplane and take off from Ketchikan’s bustling waterfront on a
scenic flight over the Tongass National Forest. You are en route to the nation’s second-largest wilderness area, encompassing more than two million acres. To fully appreciate the vastness of the Misty Fjords National Monument, you must see it from the air. Since its identification by Captain George Vancouver in 1793, Misty Fjords has been called a scenic wonder not to be missed. You will see majestic fjords, waterfalls and lakes, and perhaps wildlife such as bears, mountain goats, deer, wolves and eagles. Individual headsets allow you to enjoy the lively narrative and inspirational music as you take in the dramatic beauty of a land
slowly crafted by the hands of nature. See sheer granite cliffs, 1,000-foot waterfalls, crystalline lakes and low-hanging mists on your flight from Tongass Narrows over Revillagigedo Island to Misty Fjords. At the entrance of spectacular Rudyerd Bay, your introduction to the monument, watch for New Eddystone Rock—a striking remnant of early geological activity. Enjoy a brief lake landing in Misty Fjords, giving you an opportunity to experience the silence, serenity, and monumental beauty that surrounds you. Each guest is guaranteed a
window seat.


Jean said...


WOW .... the wildlife was wonderful! You really got close!
Stay safe & warm .... we'll be seeing you really soon.....

Jean & Doug

Michelle and Rudy van der Goot said...

Great pic's - takes me back to the Alaska cruise from almost 20 years ago. Especially loved the otters which are sooooo cute!!!! Also seeing the Red Dog Salon pics from a few days ago was a trip down memory lane as we spent a bit of time in there. Still have T-shirts to prove it. Hope you continue to enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the USA.
Cheers Rudy and Michelle

June said...

Awesome pictures of the wildlife. How close were you to the whales?

Don't you just love the freshness of the air and the feeling of serenity when you are out walking in the woods?

Thanks and enjoy,

Anonymous said...

Great photos! When we do an Alaska cruise, we will have to remember that excursion! Thanks!

A Fan said...

Luck was with you. When we did the Sitka tour we saw one bear - that was it. No whales, no otters, nothing but one bear. Great pictures!

Lisa said...

Great shots! I know on those tours they offer your money back if you don't at least see one thing...good thing they don't charge more for seeing so much!