Our trip began in Sitka,
capital of Russian America.
The City of Sitka, with an
estimated population of 9000
is the fourth-largest city by
population in Alaska and the
largest city in the United
States by area.
Left: The original Russian
Orthodox church burnt to the
ground in 1966, but was
restored to its original
appearance, with the
deliberate exception of its
clockface, which is black in
photographs taken prior to
1966, but white in subsequent
|Paddling Glacier Bay
The Trip Begins in Sitka
Our mother ship, the Home Shore, is a fishing vessel equipped by Captain Jim Kyle to take six passengers in three cabins and a
crew of three people including the captain, a kayak guide, and a cook.
Passengers board kayaks from a
board on the side of a ship
hanging on to a knotted rope. It
really works quite well!
Below, we spent the first three
days paddling in various
locations as we traveled north to
Icy Strait and the entrance to
Left, we stop at a hot springs along the Pacific Coast.
Below, we paddle by a water fall.
When we arrived at Icy Strait, we spent an evening watching humpbacks and seals feed on sardines.
Below: In Icy Straight we got our first view of the Fair Weather Mountains.
Left, we paddle into a sea cave.
Below, there were many arches.
Right, a flock of Canada Geese.
After paddling through the rocks, we
arrived at a beach and emerged up the
bank for a closer view of the Fair
Weather Mountains and a glacier.