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Friday, November 3, 2017

Alaska | Sitka.

Yay! It's Friday ... which means another installment from the Alaska Travelogue. Today we're going to travel back to Sitka, on August 22.

It was another drizzly morning when we made our way into the harbor.

This was the only port where we didn't dock; the harbor isn't big enough. That also means many of the big cruise ships don't visit, so the town has a different vibe. Tourism is definitely still a major part of the economy, but it also seems more "normal".

It's also incredibly picturesque. Here's the harbor looking out from where our tender docked.

Lydia, Steve and I opted for the Art Walking Tour. We started at this little gallery (I picked up a slim volume of poetry, which I'll be sharing more of ... later this month)

and then visited Wild Arts Gallery & Glass Studio. Each of us got to pull our own glass - which was just as hard as it looks. But so very fun. I left my piece with Michelle (pictured top left below), the studio owner and glass designer extraordinaire, to turn into a custom piece. She promised delivery before Christmas; I can't wait to see (and share)!

We visited a few more galleries with the tour and then set out on our own. We walked further into town, passing St. Michael's Cathedral

and then on to the Baranov Totem Pole.

After lunch, we walked back through town to the National Historic Park to see the totem poles. Thankfully, the weather started to clear and it was a lovely walk.

looking back toward town

The totem poles were totally worth the walk. was the opportunity to dip my toes into the ocean!
We had a nice view of the ship, too.

By the time we were back on board, the skies had cleared. I sat out on our terrace and enjoyed this view and a FaceTime call with Marc (and Holly).

It was a beautiful afternoon and evening as we set sail...

... for Hubbard Glacier.

I'll be back tomorrow (and the next day ... and the next 25 days after that 😉) with a Saturday treat.

Wishing you a wonderful Friday!



Blogger Bonny said...

I really like the "more normal" look of Sitka, and marvel at the flowers and totem poles! Clear blue skies are always nice, but I also really like the broody grey clouds. Looking forward to next Friday! (How clever of you to go on a scenic cruise and save the travelogue for NaBloPoMo!) :-)

Friday, 03 November, 2017  
Blogger Debbie said...

The flowers and the totem poles are amazing, Stika must be a beautiful place!

Friday, 03 November, 2017  
Anonymous Patty said...

Beautiful! Love the totems and the toes in the surf!

Friday, 03 November, 2017  
Blogger margene said...

A friend went to Sitka years ago and she thought it a magical memorable place. It never left her heart. How wonderful to have the experience of stretching glass and having your own souvenir of the event!

Friday, 03 November, 2017  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

Oh, so beautiful... I feel relaxed looking at all of these photos! I love that photo of your ship. And, oh, those moody clouds. Gorgeous!

Friday, 03 November, 2017  
Blogger Vera said...

Those totem poles are so amazing and beautiful. I'll be the water was COLD!!! Can't wait to see your custom glass piece.

Friday, 03 November, 2017  
Blogger Carole said...

Those totem poles are really cool. Thanks for another great installment of your Alaskan Adventure.

Friday, 03 November, 2017  
Blogger Juliann in WA said...

What an adventure! Can’t wait to see your glass.

Friday, 03 November, 2017  
Blogger AsKatKnits said...

Oh how gorgeous! Wow those views! So amazing! I can't wait for the rest of this adventure to unfold here! Happy Friday!

Friday, 03 November, 2017  
Blogger Sara said...

I know it's only a picture but that water looks cold!

Friday, 03 November, 2017  
Blogger Honoré said...

I am so loving this trip you took! Thanks for sharing. The totems are wonderful and so is Glacier Park...glad the sun came out and anxious to see your blown glass piece. Fun! Fun! And a surprise is in store for us...oooh!

Friday, 03 November, 2017  
Blogger Penny said...

Even a drizzly morning is picturesque! Absolutely stunning scenery! The glass studio sounds interesting - looking forward to seeing the finished product. And future installments of your Alaskan adventure!

Friday, 03 November, 2017  
Blogger Kym said...

Just AWESOME, Mary! Thanks for sharing your trip. (I hope you're enjoying re-living your adventure as you put together these travelogue posts.) I have a couple of good friends who are glass artists. I can't WAIT to see what your eventual piece looks like!!! What fun. XO

Saturday, 04 November, 2017  
Blogger Lydia said...

This was definitely one of my favorite stops, was so glad I didn't miss the totem poles.

Saturday, 04 November, 2017  

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