9-10th June, 2017.
A very grey day greeted us and all too soon our cruise was over as we disembarked in Sitka early on the 9th and were transferred to our hotel for the next two nights.
Although small, Sitka is a very interesting town and we were pleased our travel agent recommended spending more time here than in Ketchikan. Unfortunately, we were too early to check in to our hotel but were able to leave our luggage there and spend time at the Alaskan Dream lounge where we made good use of the free wifi. We farewelled many of our fellow passengers as they were transferred to the airport for their various flights. We wandered off in search of lunch after checking out some online recommendations and settled on an Asian cafe away from the main part of town.
The Bento box made a nice change from our recent fare.
Once we were able to check in to our hotel, I made catching up with the laundry my mission for the afternoon so we left our sightseeing until the following day.
The weather was still rather grey but pleasant enough for a walk around town.
That is a live Bald Eagle sitting on the top of the totem pole.
We walked up to the Lutheran Cemetery to see the Blockhouse and Princess Maksoutoff’s grave. The Princess was the first wife of Alaska’s last Russian American Governor. Unfortunately the writing was in Cyrllic so we were none the wiser but it was very pretty with the wildflowers in bloom.
St Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral
This beautiful old building houses a recently opened restaurant, Beak, and advertises that taxes and tips are included in the advertised meal prices. Quite a change and something we have not seen anywhere else in our North American travels.
Despite the very traditional exterior, the inside was decidedly quirky. Run by a young and obliging team, we enjoyed our reasonably priced meals.
We spent some more time walking around before returning to the hotel then Erich decided to walk to the Sitka National Historical Park where he found plenty of photo opportunities.
There is a pub on the upper level of this building where we discovered a new culinary delight – deep fried pickles. They were delicious!
And so ended our Alaskan adventure. The next morning we flew back to Seattle.