Sitka - A Russian Settlement

Trip Start Jul 03, 2012
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Trip End Dec 16, 2012


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Century 21st Cruise Ship

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Tuesday, September 18, 2012


 Alaska has a beautifully harsh landscape. On arriving in the small fishing village of Sitka, we were greeted by a rare sunny day. Sitka has received only 11 days of Sunshine during the summer months. The weather was considerably milder than we had anticipated.

 
On arrival to the port we walked up to the top of castle hill to learn about some suprising Historical facts about the country. Alaska was originally settled by Russians but fearing invasion and finding the territory too unprofitable to protect, they offered to sell the country in to America in 1867. The entire region was purchase by American government for 7.2million dollars. A hefty price to pay in those days, however it was prehaps a bargain considering the size of land!!

 
We took a walk through the lush forest to see the salmon swimming upstream & followed the trail to the raptor rehabilitation center where we were able to see bald eagles at close range. After seeing the raptors we stumber on the bishops house museum. The building architectually very clever for it's time and very well insulated. Most of the house was timber however the heat from the oven was captured by bricks which fed through the house warming additional rooms.
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