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.