Wednesday, August 26, 2009

So Many Places So little Time

Aug. 23, 2009

Well we have made the decision to winter in Sitka this year. We are on the waiting list for permanent moorage (3 year wait) and should know within the week where our winter slip will be. Moorage here is quite different than what we are use to, all of the slips are Hot-berthed- which means when you leave your slip(even for one night) you must notify the port and they rent out your slip if someone wants it. So until you have a permanent slip you could be changing slips at any moment.

We have been in Sitka now for close to a month. We have seen friends from Seattle who have come through on the cruise lines, Don and Liz, John and Yoshiko. That was fun for us.

Fish at last! News travels fast in Alaska from one small town to another. While in Pelican we met a great couple Tom and Minnie who called ahead to Sitka to let their friends Lance and Ann know we were on our way. We have all become fast friends and have enjoyed each others company on many adventures already. Fish was first on our list so Lance and Ann took us along for a successful day of salmon fishing. Jim brought in a 17.5 pound Coho. Each of us caught either a Coho or a King so the freeze was filled.

Girls' nights out! I have had two fabulous weekend events with new friends here in Sitka. The first was the opportunity to spend the night with friends on a privately owned island. The night was filled with knitting, eating, talking and laughing. The second weekend adventure took us to a new log cabin in the Tongass forest out side of Sitka. The setting was amazing, the salmon were running upstream and the bear watch was on!! A sow with two cubs has been seen daily in the area unfortunately we did not see her. We were warned however to keep doors and windows locked.

Sitka is alive with activities and we are looking forward to taking advantage of all the events. Our cell phones work so give us a call.
Cheers everyone!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wild Hogs!!!

It is that time of year many of our friends go Hog Wild.
Jim and his brother Bill in Sturgis.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Jim's Pics 2

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For great reading while having your morning coffee check out the Daily Sitka Sentinel. Be sure to see the police updates.

Jim's Pics 1

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sitka

Nestled at the foot of magnificent glacial carved mountains facing the Pacific Ocean on Baranof Island, Sitka is located on the outer coast of Alaska’s Inside Passage and lies at the heart of the largest temperate rain forest in the world, the Tongass National Forest. With views of island-studded waters and forests descending to the water’s edge, Sitka is home to just under 9,000 people.
Sitka’s colorful past is a unique blend of native Tlingit culture and Russian history. In 1867, when the United States purchased Alaska from the Russians, the transfer ceremony was held in Sitka, and Sitka became Alaska’s first capital city.

http://www.cityofsitka.com/aboutsitka/Sitka%20Final%20Webpageedit2.pdf