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Old 06-19-2013, 09:39 PM   #76
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Wonderful day. The glassy surface of the water is just amazing. I love the photos of the shoreline-- the colors of the rocks, algae, earth and flora are so varied and wonderful. I love all the birds, too, especially the little round one who visited your railing. I'm terrible at bird identification-- maybe Terri will know what it is. It's not her field, but she tends to know these things! She helped me out with birds on the Panama Cruise. Also really enjoy seeing more photos of the ship.

Just did a bit of searching and think the little bird is a savannah sparrow.
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What a lovely relaxing day. Once again, superb photos.
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I've been "saving" your trip report so I could read several posts all at once and get completely sated on your pictures. Just gorgeous! Love them all. The pic of all the coats in the hall is just the kind of quirky pic I like to do scrapbook pages of. Do you make photo books of some of your pictures? Looking forward to lots more.
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What a great relaxing day. Great pictures again!
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Just relaxing, cruising around a bay in AK on a boat with some cocktails sounds good to me!!!
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Wonderful day. The glassy surface of the water is just amazing. I love the photos of the shoreline-- the colors of the rocks, algae, earth and flora are so varied and wonderful. I love all the birds, too, especially the little round one who visited your railing. I'm terrible at bird identification-- maybe Terri will know what it is. It's not her field, but she tends to know these things! She helped me out with birds on the Panama Cruise. Also really enjoy seeing more photos of the ship.

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Laurie - I think you're right on the bird.

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It was a very nice day.

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Hi Sharon - yes, I do make digital books, and some of them I have printed - just for our own coffe table memories.

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Just relaxing, cruising around a bay in AK on a boat with some cocktails sounds good to me!!!
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It was both calm and relaxing.


Finally starting to catch up on sleep - crashed yesterday. Hoping to get back on a normal schedule soon.
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Wednesday, May 22nd: A Change of Pace, Visiting Wrangell


No kayaking or hiking on today's agenda - the anchor was up and the engines were on shortly before breakfast. We were headed to the small town of Wrangell, 155 miles South of Juneau. Wrangell sits on Wrangell Island, and you need a boat or airplane to get there. It has a strong cultural history, with the Tlingit people having settled here long ago.


The time stamp on this photo says 3:48am:





A little later, as the sun comes up over the mountains:





Fun with Roy ...





The water begins to get browner as we get closer. The Stikine River flows into the ocean at Wrangell.





We cruised until noontime. While we were cruising, the guides gave some informal talks on Tlingit art, and some of the folks made some paintings.





Wrangell in the distance - fishing and tourism are the main means of support in Wrangell, with a population of 2,300+ people.













Wrangell looks like any small town, with a few eccentricities. It gets visits from the small cruise ships, but has been spared the full on "Cruise-Shop" explosion. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed much of the downtown area in 1950s. I can only imagine the historical significance if the original building were still standing today.





Someone at Stikine Drug has a sense of humor, or perhaps is a Disney fan:





There was an option to take a group walk and visit to Chief Shake's Tribal House. We opted to set off on our own - this was a good opportunity to get out, stretch our legs, and just enjoy the town of Wrangell. (We also knew we would be visiting another village in the coming week).

One of the first things we saw, as we walked along Church Street, was the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. This is the first Catholic parish in Alaska, established in 1879. This church building itself was built in the early 1900's, and has recently been refurbished:




As we walked, Lou took some photos of flowers and an eagle:










We went to the Wrangell Museum, and spent almost 2 hours inside. It's a small, but very well done museum. They have a good movie on the area, regular exhibits, and even a nice showing by a local artist.


Since photos of exhibits in museums don't often show the story, I just took a few to remind myself of some of the interesting facts about Wrangell.



The Wrangell area was discovered by the Russians in the early 1800s. They established a large base for fur trading with the Tlinget people, who had lived here for thousands of years. They then leased their fort to the Hudson Bay Company, owned by the British, and by 1850 the areas' otters and beavers had been decimated. Wrangell came under US control in 1859, when the US purchased Alaska from Russia.

An interesting quote from Wikipedia, "Having been Tlingit territory and then under the jurisdiction of Russia, Great Britain, and the United States, Wrangell has the unique status as the only Alaskan city to have been governed under four "flags"."... and, both Spanish and French explorers also had a look at the area.




We liked this museum because it didn't just display artifacts from the past, they had done a nice job of telling small stories and giving you a glimpse into life in Wrangell.






(I think they meant the movie played one and only one time in Wrangell ...)




A close up look at a Totem:







They had bears in the museum - this one was in a glass case outside the Ranger's office. We had a nice talk with the Ranger - she told us lots about the area and suggested some walks to take.

We walked through town some more, visited a few shops (there were only a few - which was nice), and found the small Totem Park. While only housing half a dozen totems, the park is nicely done.




Walking back to the ship - a look at the cost of fuel here. While there's not a lot of driving to do on the island, people can take their cars onto the Ferry when it stops by several times a week:





Time to head back to the Ship. They wanted us all on board by 5:30pm - we had arrived in Wrangell just before lunch, and left the boat after a delicious lunch of grilled hamburgers. It was nice to have 4-5 hours to walk around on land, and we couldn't have had more perfect weather.





Dinner tonight was a treat - Crab Legs. They were delicious, and messy!




The sky decided to light up as we cruised in the evening, and there were more people outside taking photos than I had seen since the last time a whale showed up:




















Coming up Next: Loving all the scenery and culture, But isn't it about time we see some Wildlife?

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Another great day! Scenery is beautiful. I'm a little surprised how many blooms there are in the church picture. My garden still doesn't have that much colour.
I can't believe you're up at 0 dark early every morning but that first shades of blue scenery shot is lovely
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Great shots of the morning light. 3am?? Are you crazy?? But you do get some amazing shots!
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What a beautiful place. Oh my goodness, those crab legs looked delicious.
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I just found your report and it is amazing. I am loving the entire thing! Thank you so much for sharing this with us, and your photography skills are wonderful.
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What a pretty and interesting village! Glad you all got to explore at your own pace.
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The morning and evening sky shots are wonderful. I remember hearing about Wrangell and wishing we could stop there. Very nice to pull up right at the pier and be able to wander on your own. I like the simplicity of the meals on board-- I'd have been very happy with those potatoes and the corn at dinner!
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