Day Sixtythree

Petersburg, AK to Sitka, AK
July 27th, 2009

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Fourteen hours on deck under the sun
Leaving Petersburg
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
The Bus Playlist
209 miles on the ferry
Silence on the car deck
Really, really sunny
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
Whales, sea lions
Boat launch parking in Sitka
Juneau, AK

Daily Didactic
The day began a little early, with us getting ready for an all day ferry ride to Sitka and JoAnn preparing for the first day of running with her cross country students. It was another beautiful morning and after a sad goodbye to a good friend we headed for the ferry dock and food. We stopped at a great little bakery right next to the marine highway terminal and purchased some nourishment before parking the bus in line. We took the opportunity to do some house reorganizing and packed our pads and sleeping bags for a day on the solarium deck.

The last day we spent on the solarium deck was rainy and overcast, but today was nothing but sunny. We lounged and napped and lounged, got cooked by the sun, and enjoyed spectacular scenery for the better part of fourteen hours. We stopped at the ferry dock in Kake for a couple of hours, passed through a pod of humpback whales, Theresa managed to get a tour of the bridge without Brian, and we passed through the narrows north of Sitka in the dusk and fog. We haven't had many, but it really must have been about the best day you could have on a ferry in the SouthEast.

We pulled into Sitka at 11:30 at night and headed the 3/4 of a mile to Starrigavan Campground where we had made a reservation online in order to assure we had a spot for the night. Oddly the gate had locked us out and everyone else in at 10:00pm. A little disappointed at the day's final turn of events, we called it a night in the boat launch parking lot a little after midnight.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

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Our last morning at JoAnn's fabulous digs Both ladies are looking far too chipper for the hour
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The awesome bakery next to the ferry dock We hung a right...
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Real estate on pilings for sale A dirty bus, Sitka bound
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Brian, going with it Road shot, down the ramp to the Taku
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Entertainment on the car deck for when the riff raff goes upstairs Brian, settling in for a day on deck
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Looking forward off the bow in Petersburg Devil's thumb over the city
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Glaciers on the way out of town More glacier on the way out of town
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Theresa, happy to be on deck. She'll come out of her cocoon eventually The view
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The best we could do with a lot of whales Making a subtle turn in big water
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Islands near Kake The solarium, one of our new favorite places
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Docked in Kake in the late afternoon A barge in the narrows heading away from Sitka
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A beautiful bay that we should really find the name of Sitka, at 11:30 at night

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