Our visit to Sitka was a fairly relaxed one. We opted not to do any organised tours for the day and just enjoy what the town had to offer.
We were docked off shore today so we had to wait on the ship for space to travel ashore on a tender boat...it took about 20 minutes to get ashore.
When we arrived we worked out where the Alaska Raptor Centre was and headed off for the walk up the hill out of town. The centre rehabilitates injured birds and then releases those it can back into the wild. The facility is amazing and it runs on donations and fundraising. They had a large number of eagles and some owls which was exciting as I could take some pictures to take back to my class. We toured the facility and went into the flying room which is a large area that the birds who are going to be released stay in and it has one way glass so they don't interact with the public at all. They only see one handler a day which provides food and necessary care.
Some great pics though...
Great Horned Owl
Great Grey Owl
Outside Enclosures and Nature Trails
We then headed on down the hill into town for a wander. As it was lunch time we grabbed our first hotdog for the trip...I had a beef sausage in mine , but Rob had a reindeer sausage in his...I couldn't bring myself to eat that one!
Sitka has a strong russian influence throughout the whole town and it is way more "touristy" than I expected.
The weather was amazing...the sunshine followed us and it was warmer in Alaska than it was in Canada...go figure!
Next stop Ketchican.