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Sitka

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  • Day7

    Sitka, Alaska

    July 4, 2017 in the United States

    Notes on Sitka:

    Chris got to go mountain biking
    The boys and I wandered around the little town with my dad.
    We watched the little parade
    It was still bright out when we sailed away, so no fireworks to watch, but there was a nice party with live music that night on the ship.

  • Day17

    Wrangell to Sitka

    August 12, 2017 in the United States

    Ruth dropped us off at the ferry where we met up with Steve and Ruth once again. They are heading to Sitka as well. Once again we are on the Matanuska this time with a stateroom as we have an overnighter arriving in Sitka early, very early in the morning. We have a two bunk room this time - less room than the four bunker of course but more than adequate for our needs. The cafe on this ferry has a better range of food to the Malaspina - the serving area is along one side so appears larger and the choice is greater. Not that the vegetarian options are abundant but they are adequate. We had a longer than expected stopover in Petersburg due to mechanical problems do our arrival time in Sitka has been put back two hours - oh what a shame. We get to sleep two hours longer! From the dock in Petersburg we were able to see the BnB where we will be staying when we return in a few day time. We will be doing a bit of back tracking as I had to foot the towns in around the ferry timetable.Read more

  • Day18

    Lazy Sunday in Sitka.

    August 13, 2017 in the United States

    Arrived around 7am. Steve and Ruth have hired a car for their stay here so they gave us a lift from the Terminal into town. Time for breakfast. It's Sunday, no cruise ships will be in town and the pickings are slim! Had thought that we might have to resort to maccas but they were closed for renovations. Subway then? Desperation sets in when it is early in the morning and the stomach is growling. However, next time ignore the growling tummy and give Subway a wide berth. Edible is was, but, barely.
    The Sitka Super 8 had our room available when we arrived so we were able to move in early.
    It's drizzling today but not too heavy to explore the down town area.
    Late lunch/early dinner at the Bayview Bar.
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  • Day19

    Wildlife Tour - Sitka Style

    August 14, 2017 in the United States

    Quick brekkie then down to the dock through the drizzle to meet up with Paul. There were six of us all together.
    The objective of this tour was to observe the local wildlife and that we did. That the tour took us through stunning scenery, all be it in the rain, was the cream on the top.
    Our 5 hour tour extended to 8 as Paul endeavoured to fulfil our bucket lists of animals to see.My list had three main players - whales, otters and puffins. The weather had blown up two days ago, dispersing the krill schools and thus breaking up the pods as the whales went in search of their dinner. The outcome of this turn in events was that the whale were elusive. We had sightings early in the trip and on our way back - lots of spout, a tail showing before the plunge to the deep and one surfacing almost directly under our boat. There was a zodiac near us at the time, the only other tour group that we saw out that day, and we had thought that they were in danger of the whale surfacing under them. Paul had circled out wider to fine the whale room but as it turned out it was us the that could have gone bottom up.
    The sea otters did not disappoint. The smaller groups were a bit skittish as we approached but the larger groups (or rafts) had safety in numbers and were not put off by us in the least. Cute, cute, cute. They roll themselves in the long strands of kelp that grow up from the seabed and tuck it in under their armpits. Thus anchored they are safe to sleep, scratch, laze around and generally have a relaxing time. They'd stare up at us with looks that clearly stated, "and what do you think you're looking at".
    Although the seas were abating the trip out to St Lazaria Island was across open rolling seas so Paul checked that we were all good to go the distance. Thankfully no-one was threatening seasickness. St Lazaria is an amazing basalt island, summer home to many species of birds. If I was a twitcher I could list them. But unfortunately I can only name a few. The stars of the bird populations were the crested puffins, on the endangered list and only found in the wild in this area of Alaska. I perhaps shouldn't be quoted on that last fact, but they are definitely on the endangered list. Among the other birds we saw were blue necked herons and cormorants.
    Paul supplied a light lunch of smoked salmon dip that he had made, crackers, Brie, cashews and olives. It hit the spot nicely!
    Back on land it was a quick dash to the nearest facilities as we had been eight hours on the water without a loo.
    Another amazing day and another must do in Alaska ticked.
    We met up with Steve and Ruth for dinner down at the The Sitka hotel. Full of locals it had a nice atmosphere.
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  • Day19

    The Journey - Wildlife tour.

    August 14, 2017 in the United States

    This footprint is dedicated to the scenery of the wildlife tour. The scenery around Sitka is like everywhere else we have seen so far in south east Alaska - drop dead stunning. No complaints from me - love it here. In the waters around Sitka there are many small islands that are privately owned with their own little jetties. Though many are holiday homes for southerners some are inhabited by locals who leave their vehicles at the dock in Sitka for when they are in town.
    The day saw us travelling through Bonsai Canal, in and out many islands, close to salmon spawning creeks and out to St Lazaria island. In the distance we witnessed the island on Mitnof Island. It was shrouded in cloud so I was hoping to get e clearer shot on the way back. Well you know the saying, "a bird in the hand......" - missed that one. Saw nothing at all on the way back - the invisible volcano.
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  • Day6

    Sitka, Alaska

    May 20, 2015 in the United States

    We woke up early at 5am for our early port of call in Sitka. We met up at 7am for deep sea salmon & halibut fishing with Big Blue Charters. We had a quick breakfast and a short shuttle ride to downtown Sitka. Normally ships tender in Sitka but there has been a new dock built and our ship got to take advantage of that. Sitka is a small charming community and we wished we had more time to explore there.

    We boarded our boats: Richie, Casey and us on one boat and Dennis, David, Matti & Dick on the other boat. Our captain was Ben on the Blue Sapphire, and the other captain was Mike, the owner of Big Blue. The weather was cloudy initially but cleared up and was a bright, cool sunny day. We saw a few eagles and whales. Mount Edgecombe was visible once the fog cleared. The ride was bumpy and nausea-inducing on the way over and continued to be quite rocky even when we were anchored. I caught our boat's first fish: a small halibut that we had to throw back. For the keeper fish, we had a total of 1 king salmon and 1 halibut for me, 1 halibut for Myron, 1 halibut for Richie. A few small ones had to be thrown back. Richie caught 2 additional (salmon & halibut) but were eaten by a sea lion just when he was about to pull them aboard. we packed up around 12:45 and were ashore by 1:30. The other boat had hit a log on the way to the anchor site and those passengers had to come aboard our boat for the ride back. Overall a great tour with a good haul. Ben told us it was too early in the season and typically the passengers catch a lot more when they go out. Processing at $2/lb plus FedEx overnight shipping, but with the holiday on Monday, we won't get our fish until later this week (about 1 week after it was caught). The processing includes cleaning the fish, cryovac and flash freeze, so hopefully it will still be delicious.

    We wandered around downtown Sitka and bought a christmas ornament and lunch at a food truck. I got smoked salmon mac & cheese and Myron got fish tacos. We were back on board for all aboard at 3pm.

    The rest of the day was spent eating and relaxing in the Ocean Bar (happy hour 4-5pm). Trivia was at 7pm and dinner for Casey's birthday in the MDR at 8pm.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Sitka, سيتكا, Горад Сітка, সিটকা ব্যুরো, سیتکا، آلاسکا, סיטקה, Սիտկա շրջան, SIT, シトカ, 싯카, Ситка, सित्का, City and Borough of Sitka, Ситкæ, 99835, Sitka City and Borough, سیٹکا، الاسکا, 錫特卡

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