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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Photos from Sitka, Alaska

UPDATE: Let me fill in a few more details about Sitka for those who are interested. Sitka sits on the western edge of Baranof Island about halfway between Seattle and Anchorage. There are no roads to/from Sitka....all transportation is via air or water only. The climate feels coastal to me....not nearly as cold in the winter as Anchorage or Fairbanks. Tons of beautiful evergreen trees, lots of cold water filled with fish, and quite a few small rock outcroppings/islands just off shore. The airport is literally built into the water. The tourist highlights are Totem Park, the Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center, sea kaycking, fishing, Saint Michael's Cathedral, along with a ton of other very cool activities. You won't find a Wal Mart or Target nor any large chain stores of any sort....thankfully. We also spent a bit of time actually down in the tide pools taking pictures and looking around at all that is left when the water recedes for a while. And, boy oh boy, when the tide returns, look out....it's a giant tide and comes back in very rapidly. We all couldn't believe how the very land that we were looking around on was completely covered with deep water in less than 30 minute's time. It's very picturesque and a place that I'd love to spend some holiday time in. And on my list now is a stay at the Rockwell Lighthouse.


You'll see all of the photos from my quick layover in Sitka, Alaska, here. It's quite the place. Beauty far beyond any measly words I could dig up to use here. Plus, I'm on my way to work again.....going to Los Angeles and then back as quickly as I can to begin two days off. I'm quite exhausted but wanted to get these amazing pics out to you all. I will update this post later with a few more details.......so stay tuned.

10 comments:

Gregorio said...

Nice pictures. Looks very pretty!! :)

Greg

Rick said...

Great photos!

eric p. said...

Stunning! I truly hope that one of these days I'll be able to see Alaska for myself. In the summer, of course. :)

cb said...

Glad you enjoyed Sitka!

Birdie said...

Wow. The natural shapes you captured are every bit as artful as the manmade ones.

Is that bridge the famous Bridge to Nowhere that no one wanted except the senator?

Ur-spo said...

I am glad you had a splendid time. I very much enjoy Alaska - I have relatives there, past and present.

I forgot about the Rockwell lighthouse - there is another Rockwell lighthouse in Wisconsin as well.

wcs said...

Great photos! Makes me want to visit.

bridgeout said...

Well, I will look at these pics 2morrow, but for 2nite I must tell you I LOVE ur new header pic!!!

LSL said...

Thanks for writing more about Sitka. It looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

I sooooo miss that place...It is
just so peaceful...I loved just
walking around...Did you go to
WINTER SONG? I could live in that
place...

Glad you had fun and thank you
for taking the pictures...

TACKLE YOU HUGS!!!!!!

Laurie