In the past few weeks, I have gotten to see even more of Alaska -- some that surprised me & some expected. In Sitka, I took a great kayaking tour. On the boat ride there we had some sea lions show up and swim alongside our boat. They were so cute; although, the boat driver said the local fisherman do not hold the same sentiments and see them as more meddlesome to their fishing.
While kayaking, we went to a narrow inlet where salmon were spawning. There were salmon jumping all around us. I was hoping one would jump in my kayak so I could take it back :) We also found two different types of starfish. I felt like I was back in the Carribean.
One thing I have not seen "in the wild" yet is a bear. For fear of missing a bear while in Alaska, I visited the Fortress of the Bear in Sitka. It is a sort of refuge for bears that are not able to live in the wild for various reasons.
At least they warn people. Comforting...
They looked so cute from where I was standing.
I am still hoping to meet a bear in the wild, but these views were great because I do not hope to meet a bear this close in the wild.
And in Juneau, I visited Glacier Gardens. The whole concept is the owner used trees that had been turned upside down by an avalanche to create a garden where the flowers were planted in the tree roots. It was a really neat concept; although, I do think the price was a little steep for the small amount of gardens to be seen. Here is a view from the top of the mountain. Behind me is the airport.
Here is a view of the gardens in the tree roots.
And a view of the beautiful hanging flowers on the inside of the lobby.
Hope you enoy the pics!