Gary and Pam Willson's Alaskan Cruise

May 22, 2005 - May 29, 2005

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Our next stop (after Juneau) was Sitka. Sitka is a small town, assessible only by boat or air, and was the capital of Alaska when the Russians owned it (ownership transferred to the U.S. on Oct. 18, 1867). There are many small islands offshore, and people have built houses on some of them. The volcano in the background is Mt. Edgecumbe and it is extinct.


The primary church in Sitka is the Russian Orthodox church, which has a congregation of about 75 people.


Our shore excursion in Sitka was another boat ride, this time looking especially for Sea Otters. Sea Otters hang around with others of the same sex (except sometimes, of course). These two otters were in a group of about 80 males. Our boat got quite close to them and they appeared to care less, as you can see.


During our sea otter excursion, we were lucky to be able to get close to an eagle, sitting on a small rock island.


He did decide to fly away, however, when we got a little too close for his comfort level.


The beauty of Alaska is everywhere you look. This is one place in the U.S. that we have not managed to mess up yet. But, give us time.....



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