Juneau to Sitka
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sitka, Alaska, United States
SITKA – August 11-14
After getting information from the two visitor centers, drove to the harbor area where there might be sea lions—none.
Drove to Starrigavan Campground and Creek where people had been seeing bears; we didn’t see any. Lots of salmon coming up the creek. Most of the trails were closed because of so much bear activity. A girl riding a bike on one of the main roads got attacked; the bear swatted her off the bike; the bike landed on her, which protected her from the bear. The people that were in the area scared the bear off.
Whale Park had beautiful views of Silver Cove but no whales.
Theobroma Chocolate Company was a great stop—couldn’t resist their delicious samples.
Blue Lake Road had lots of salmon berries and a big ice cave right next to the road. The road ends at Blue Lake—a beautiful spot!
Watched a brown bear catching and eating the salmon in the Indian River that runs behind the Center.
Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Dancers performed for half an hour doing native dances. The narrative explained the symbols of the different tribes and what they mean. They even invited the audience to dance with them.
New Archangel Dancers performed for half an hour doing Russian dances performed by Sitka women in authentic costumes.
Harrigan Centennial Hall had an impressive hand-carved Tlingit canoe made from one log.
There are lots of stores to browse since the cruise ships stop here. The art in the Devilfish Gallery, which is owned by Tommy Joseph, was fabulous.