Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Welcome to the Rainforest of Sitka, Alaska

We're in Sitka, Alaska today. We arrived here yesterday afternoon by taking the Alaskan State Ferry from Haines, Alaska to Sitka, with a brief stopover at Juneau to let people and cars on and off. It was a most pleasant ferry journey, and even though it was from 7:45pm until 1pm the following day, it felt brief. We got on, found a place to sleep (settees in the Aft Lounge), took showers, watched the movie "Maleficent" - our first movie on a screen since we left Seattle back in April and then it was time for bed. When we woke the next morning, we ate our leftovers for breakfast in the cafeteria using the *free* microwave and toaster! Afterwards, we made our way to the forward viewing lounge, read, watched the incredible scenery slip by and then arrived to Sitka. It's gorgeous here. I can certainly see the appeal for people to live here now, and as a port for fur trading back in the 1700s & 1800s. 

This morning we were moving slow, and it was pouring rain. Even so, we eventually made it to the Totem Pole Historical Park and enjoyed walking all of their trails (about 2 miles total). The poles are quite impressive in size alone, and then there's the detail and the explanation of the colors that made me appreciate and see them in new ways. 

We've been on the road for three weeks now. Our car could use a good vacuuming, and we're grateful each night that we have a roof over our heads. We're learning new skills and enjoying ourselves. This is the view from the Totem Pole park during a rainstorm. Gorgeous! 

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