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Sitka Alaska Harbor
Sitka is the only port on Alaska Inside Passage cruises that faces the open Pacific. Small ships like The Boat Company Mist Cove can navigate the very narrow Peril, Olga, and Neva Straits connecting the Chatham Strait with the Pacific Ocean before reaching Sitka. Larger ships arrive via the sea, anchor in the harbor and tender passengers into town or dock outside of town and provide a shuttle into downtown Sitka.
Sitka is celebrated as the site of Alaska's discovery in 1741. Sitka was the site of Alaska's transfer to the U.S. in 1867 and remained Alaska's capital until 1912. Sitka retains much of its Russian heritage, and St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church is reminiscent of the town's past.
Sitka is an interesting port for walking or taking a wildlife watching boat ride, and it also has numerous outdoor activities such as salmon fishing from either a charter boat or from the shore near the Katlian River.Continue to 2 of 22 below.
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Sitka Pioneer Home in Sitka, Alaska
The Pioneer Home is in downtown Sitka near the O'Connell Bridge.Continue to 3 of 22 below.
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O'Connell Bridge in Sitka, AK
The O'Connell Bridge was built in 1971 and links the town of Sitka on Baranof Island to the airport and Coast Guard Station on Japonski Island.
The 1,255-foot John O'Connell Bridge was the United State's first vehicular cable-stayed girder spanned bridge. It has four 100-foot-high steel pylons from which stretch a set of tight cables, each holding a section of the bridge deck in place.Continue to 4 of 22 below.
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Mount Edgecombe (or Mount Edgecumbe) - Dormant Volcano near Sitka, Alaska
This photo of Mount Edgecombe was takin in August 2008 and the next photo was taken in August 2007.Continue to 5 of 22 below.
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Mount Edgecombe (also spelled Edgecumbe) near Sitka, Alaska
Mount Edgecombe looks much like Mt. Fujiyama in Japan. This photo was taken in August 2007 and the other photo in August 2008.
Foy Nevers, our salmon fishing guide, told us a funny story about Mount Edgecombe, which last erupted over 8000 years ago. Recently, some local citizens decided to play an April Fool's Day joke on the town. They put a bunch of old tires into the caldera of Mount Edgecumbe and set them on fire in the early morning of April 1. The residents of Sitka awoke to a smoking volcano! The pranksters got into trouble and ended up footing the bill to remove the remains of the tires form Mount Edgecumbe. I have to admit, it was a great joke, albeit an expensive one!Continue to 6 of 22 below.
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Sitka, AlaskaContinue to 7 of 22 below.
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Sitka Sound at Sitka, Alaska from the Seven Seas MarinerContinue to 8 of 22 below.
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Sitka Sound at Sitka, AlaskaContinue to 9 of 22 below.
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Linda Garrison and Coho (Silver) Salmon Caught Near Sitka, Alaska
Fishing for Alaska salmon in the Sitka Sound was great fun! The four of us landed 10 coho salmon about the size of this one and lost several others.Continue to 10 of 22 below.
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Ronnie Garrison and a Coho (Silver) Salmon
My husband loves to fish, but this was his first salmon fishing experience in salt water. We had a great time and actually caught some fish.Continue to 11 of 22 below.
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St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Sitka, AlaskaContinue to 12 of 22 below.
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St. Michael's Cathedral in Sitka, AlaskaContinue to 13 of 22 below.
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O'Connell Bridge in Sitka, AlaskaContinue to 14 of 22 below.
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Ling Cod Fish in Sitka, Alaska
One of the other boats at the fish cleaning station in Sitka brought in this interesting ling cod. It sure was ugly.Continue to 15 of 22 below.
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Silver Salmon (Coho Salmon) Catch in Sitka, Alaska
We cleaned our 10 salmon, dropped them off at the processor, and received the fillets flash frozen at home on the designated day. They are delicious!Continue to 16 of 22 below.
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Pioneer Home in Sitka, AlaskaContinue to 17 of 22 below.
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Steller Sea Lion at Sitka, Alaska
I was worried that the sea lion would choke with this big piece of fish scraps in his mouth!Continue to 18 of 22 below.
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Totem at the Pioneer Home in Sitka, AlaskaContinue to 19 of 22 below.
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Steller Sea Lion and Lighthouse in Sitka, Alaska
This sea lion played with his food for quite a while before eating, much like a dog or cat will with a dead squirrel or mouse.Continue to 20 of 22 below.
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View from the City Park in Sitka, AlaskaContinue to 21 of 22 below.
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Sitka Steller Sea Lion Feeding on Fish Cleaning Leftovers
This steller sea lion liked hanging out near the fish cleaning station because he can always find a few scraps for a meal.
It was fun to watch this steller sea lion shaking and tearing his food before swallowing it.Continue to 22 of 22 below.
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City Park in Sitka, Alaska