Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sitka, AK

Our cruise port today is Sitka, Alaska where we went on a photography tour. On our way to the first stop, we spotted a bald eagle landing in a tree so we stopped and got some pictures of it while it watched us with an eagle eye.

Our next stop was at a cute little scenic island and, since it was low tide, we could walk out and explore the island. The trail to the island took us through a beautiful rain forest where we saw lots of interesting natural views such as an old fallen tree that looked like an emerging whale. We finally got our first glimpse of the island. On the shoreline facing the island was our first totem pole sighting. We were told that it was dedicated to a Japanese photographer. From the island, we looked back across the rocks and barnacles at the cute Alaskan village we had walked from. The trees and rocks of the island offered many opportunities for nice favorite being this out-growing tree.

When we got back to Stika, we explored this little town and its beautiful marina. Then we took the tender back to the MS Oosterdam that was anchored out in the bay. The beautiful scenery was not over though. The view from the ship was awesome.

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