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Jun 5, 2009 - Alaska Fishing Trip

Fishing was incredible!! I caught a 27 lb. King Salmon, 2- 20 lb. Halibut, A Ling Cod of about 15 lbs. and several rock bass. I had my limit except for the rock bass and I was just two fish short of that! The seas were rough. About 6-8 feet with an irregular chop that was perfect for sea-sickness. We had one guy sick within minutes. I took some meds and was fine- although a little green around the edges at times. We saw a mirage on the way in. It looked like and island out in the ocean where there is no Island. The water was full of krill-...

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Jun 5, 2009 - Ed vs. the Volcano! Ed- 1, Volcano-0

Well, after another long ferry ride from Ketchikan to Sitka, I camped in a beautiful place, went fishing (see next post) and climbed the Volcano. I'm jumping around a little here in the time-line of the trip as I had the Volcano climb fresh in my mind and wanted to post this part of the trip right away. I was picked up at the city marina by a guy in a Parker fishing boat. I mention Parker, because they are built in Beaufort, NC!!! The 22-foot boat had an inflatable dinghy in the back and I was "informed" that I would have to paddle ashore...

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Jun 3, 2009 - Sitka

During the night, the ship went thru some very narrow straits -- probably a good thing we were asleep so we didn't see the rocks close to each side of the ship! We arrived in Sitka at 6:30 A.M. to beautiful sunshine and close to 80 degree temperature (we talked to Bobbi our Casey sitter before we disembarked from the ship for our morning tours in Sitka, and she said it was only 59 degrees back home -- go figure!). First our bus drove us to the Sitka National Historical Park, where we were able to do an Evelyn Woods tour thru the facility,...

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Sep 10, 2008 - Sitka

We were notified that Brian’s mother had been taken to the hospital in Farmington New Mexico because of a fall that caused bleeding in the brain. The initial response to treatment is favorable. We departed Juneau for Sitka aboard the ferry Taku on September 5th at 7:30 pm. Boarding was a challenge as we had to back our rigs down the loading ramp onto the ferry. The timing of the ferry’s arrival and departure at Sitka is determined by the tides. The ferry route passes through the Baranoff narrows and the tide must be moving toward the bow of...

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Aug 27, 2008 - Sitka, AK

Today we took another ferry ride for 4 ½ hours to Sitka where we are going to visit my cousin, Faye and her husband Rod. We really had a nice ferry ride and it didn’t rain! We saw a few humpback whales in the distance and the views of the mountains all the way were wonderful. I never get tired of the mountains up here. (We heard someone say they were so bored in Alaska, because all they saw was mountains and water.) We haven’t felt that way at all, although a little less rain would be nice. Rod and Faye picked us up at the ferry and drove...

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Aug 20, 2008 - Sitka

We arrived in Sitka this morning early and had to anchor out in the bay as Sitka doesn't have big docks. We were tendered in on the lifeboats, which by the way, are much bigger than you think. They'll hold 150 people if needed plus food and water. Sitka has a lot of Russian history, and is also the place where the US purchased Alaska from Russia. Sitka was also the Capital of Alaska in the early 1900's. I went on a tour about the Russian history of Sitka and then to a Raptor Rehab Center where they care for sick and injured birds...big...

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Aug 16, 2008 - Sitka, Alaska

Our first port of call after a day at sea was Sitka, Alaska. The ship had to anchor in the bay and a small boat ferried us to and from land. Our big trip here was taking a boat out to explore the local waters and look for sea otters, bald eagles and especially humpback whales. We lucked out on all three. Lots of otters in large groups, lots of bald eagles also. Including a very special up close look at an eagle's nest containing a baby eagle that was flexing his wings and getting very close to leaving the nest. He was a big baby and could...

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Jul 26, 2008 - FERRY TO SITKA

July26 It hasn’t been seen since Memorial Day, can you guess what it is? Answer: the sun. That info came from a local from Juneau as we were waiting to load on to the ferry. It didn’t last long, by the time we docked in Sitka, it was raining, but just a light drizzle. We were at the dock at 6 AM, and the ferry departed at 8 AM. The rv was the last vehicle to board, and once again, we were the biggest rv onboard. We traveled on the newest of the fleet, the Fairweather. It was built in Connecticut in 2004, it’s a catamaran with 4 diesel jet...

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Jun 23, 2008 - June 23, Monday...arriving in Sitka, AK

June 23rd, Monday. The morning came quickly as we prepared to board our second of the four legs of the marine highway journey. This time, our vessel was a 235’ catamaran that was built in the early 2000’s. Designed for speed, this ferry contained 4 diesel motors, totally 19,200 horsepower. The vessel was almost double the speed as the first, the Malaspina. Our journey southwesterly would take us down the Lynn Canal of the Inside Passageway, voyage through the Chatham Straits, then on through the narrow Peril Straits, and towards the Sitka...

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Jun 13, 2008 - Sitka, AK

Friday, June 13, 2008 Sitka It was soooooooooo deeeeelighful to stand in the shower with constant hot water coming down. I do love my hot shower everyday…and I confess, that I leave the water running when I brush my teeth. The little things of life take on such significance when we can’t have them. Our host is the baker in the family, so we had fresh rhubarb muffins, an assortment of breakfast cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt and juice and coffee for breakfast. Our room was a combination living, dining, kitchen and a bedroom with full bath. It...

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Jun 13, 2008 - Sitka

After I updated the website last night we watched as we left Juneau and started down the coast to Sitka, past snow covered mountains. We enjoyed yet another fine meal with our friends from the CEIF then had a walk round and listened to a pianist before calling it a night. This morning we woke as we dropped anchor at Sitka. Sitka is famous for having been the capital of Russian America and the U.S. capital of the Alaska Territories for about forty years after its purchase from the Russians in 1867, just ten days before Canada became a...

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Jun 12, 2008 - Sitka, AK

From Chuck: The area was originally settled by the native Tlingit (Kolosh) Indians. Old Sitka was founded in 1799 by Alexandr Baranov, the governor of Russian America. Baranov arrived under the auspices of the Russian-American Company, a "semi-official" colonial trading company chartered by Tsar Paul I. In 1802 a group of Tlingit destroyed the original establishment known as Redoubt Saint Michael (an area today called the "Old Sitka") and massacred most of the Russian inhabitants. Baranov was forced to levy 10,000 rubles in ransom for the...

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