I’m finally getting around to posting pics from our July Sitka trip. This was a different visit than usual, as Sitka was just entering a drought. Yep, a drought. Sitka is located smack dab in the middle of the Tongass National Forest, a temperate rainforest. This trip was a scorcher, with temps in the 80’s for several days, and not a drop of rain the entire time. Stop laughing, Californian friend.

Mom&DadThe two people responsible for our uber-relaxing Sitka vacation. Well, they’re responsible for a whole lot more than just that 🙂 This room in their house is just awesome, with windows everywhere allowing light to fill the space.

IMG_2609 copySitka organizes a great little 20 minute parade each 4th of July (well, several times a year actually). Sitkans will take any opportunity to get out and socialize, and the 4th of July weekend is jam-packed with activities.

IMG_2643 copyWhile the rest of the town was busy engaging in post-parade activities (community dance, water-fight, and Coast Guard rescue demonstration) we snuck out to the local swimming spot, aptly titled “Sandy Beach”. The boys enjoyed an Alaskan-style frolick in the waves.

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Little Goat at the beach. Insert the following phrase “Seeeeeee!” Little Goat would have attempted a swim to Japan had we allowed him the opportunity.

IMG_2716 copyFortress of the Bear is an orphaned bear & wildlife education center. Located at “the end of the road” in Sitka, the fortress encompasses two old clarifier tanks abandoned after the closing of the Sitka pulp mill in the 1990’s. One of the tanks houses a bear habitat with a viewing habitat high above the bottom of the tank. The other tank is home to several different animals, including rabits, chickens, goats, pigs, and a lone pony. While he got to hold a rabbit, the highlight of the trip for #1 was getting to see the massive pigs. These pigs were gigantic, and stinky, and nasty. Watching them reminded me of the story of the prodigal son in the Bible. Seeing the filth that pigs live in, and their disgusting food gives new light to the prodigal son’s claim that even the pigs lived better than he.

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Next to the pigs, the barnacles were the favorite creature of the trip for #1. Grammy did a great job explaining all about barnacles and their method of eating. I look forward to when the boys are old enough to fly down for a week of fun/education filled Grammy camp.

IMG_2840 copyAnother highlight of the trip was opening and closing Grampy’s garage door repeatedly. He was fascinated by the fact that he could do it himself without pushing a button (it’s a manual door).

IMG_2870 copyAn Alaskan wading pool. Thanks to my brother Randy for letting us use his inflatable in such a manner.

IMG_2914 copyJimmy’s first trip out on Uncle Randy’s boat. We went out fishing for Kings but got skunked. Jimmy learned how to flip the bale on the pole, let out line, and reel it back in. He called it “casting”. Sure buddy.