Sitka to Juneau

Sitka is a beautiful little town.  We were lucky to have some nice weather to walk around it and take it all in.  We took a taxi to the Fortress of the Bear, but they closed early for Fathers Day.  Instead, we stopped at the raptor rehab center to see the many eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls recovering from various injuries.  The most frequent injuries resulted from flying into power lines or being struck by a vehicle.  We walked back to town and visited some of the historic sites before enjoying an incredibly colorful sunset.

 

 

387AAD92-AAF5-4223-8829-392C3B9996B1

My niece Amy and her friend Kristin arrived Sunday evening to join us for the leg to Juneau.  They flew from San Diego through Seattle.  We left early Monday morning.  The wind was really blowing and getting out of the marina was a challenge.  It felt like we were in a sail boat.  The waters were also pretty rough and things didn’t clear up until we were anchored in Appleton Cove.

717B1662-22DC-4D95-A36C-6F11DFEBFDD5
Appleton Cove anchorage

The next day we cruised to Pavlof Harbor, a small anchorage 40 miles away.  On the way we were treated to pod after pod of humpback whales.

fullsizeoutput_1d32

DSC_0743

 

fullsizeoutput_1d34

fullsizeoutput_1d33

fullsizeoutput_1d35

Once we were anchored in Pavlof Harbor, we kayaked to the waterfall outlet from the lake to see if there were any bears.  Lots of eagles, but no bears.  On the way back to the boat, we visited with another boating couple and they came over for a glass of wine.  As we were talking, someone noticed a brown spot moving on shore.  It was a large brown grizzly!  Amy took the kayak to shore for a closer look, but not too close.  What a great anchorage!

ADEEB46C-CD20-4DD0-9133-61175A4E5F61

2BBE3A78-ACAB-4E70-9FE1-8AEB1B952E5B

The next anchorage in Coot Cove was calm and pretty, but it was not as exciting as Pavlof Harbor.  We were up early the next day to get to Juneau in hopes of a convenient slip near town.  As we approached Juneau, we encountered smaller sightseeing boats and sea planes serving the many cruise ship passengers.  We were obviously back to civilization.  We docked and decided to rent a “car” since Amy, Kristin, and Cathleen were flying home and Scott was flying in.  Scott and I would continue on the leg from Juneau back to Ketchikan.  One of the highlights for me was having halibut and chips at The Hangar.  One year while I was working, I sampled many restaurants’ halibut and chips and The Hangar was the winner with its light tempura coating and thick pieces of fish.

fullsizeoutput_1d31
Arriving in Juneau
IMG_1232
Visit to the State Capitol building
IMG_1230
We barely fit in this rental car but it served its purpose

After getting everyone off to the airport, Scott and I decided to get out of town.  We left about 4pm, filled up at the fuel dock, and left Juneau bound for Ketchikan, taking the route near many glaciers.

 

Comments are closed.

Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: