(Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008. Here’s an edited excerpt from the blog he wrote during the trip; look for more installments in the near future).
Cloudy skies greeted us again this morning and a few rain showers fell on our car as we drove into town. After being here a couple of days, I concluded that Sitka looks a lot like Washington State’s San Juan islands, but with snow covered mountains close at hand.
Our first stop of the day was at the Raptor Center, a bird of prey rehabilitation facility. An indoor “Flight Training Center” gives birds that have been treated a chance to flex their wings before being released back into the wild. Four tour buses pulled up during our visit, so we grabbed front-row seats to watch one of the staff bring a huge Bald Eagle named “Sitka” out on his arm for a short “audience” with us. Later, we saw the medical staff treat a bird with some sort of talon injury.
After lunch we took a tour of the Bishop’s House — one of only four structures (including one at Fort Ross on the northern California coast) that survive in the U.S. from the period of Russian occupation. The upper floor where the bishop lived still has many furnishings from the mid-1840′s and some have a very modern “IKEA” look to them.
The sun almost came out today, but then changed its mind, but we did see a little blue sky for a while. Unfortunately, the wind picked up a bit today making it quite cool for walking around town.
I am writing this post from the local library. Soon we’ll head back to the apartment for a quick dinner before returning to town for an evening concert.