Although still in a bit of a pensive state, I feel compelled to share about our recent adventures in Sitka, if only to entice you for a visit someday. So here’s my attempt to drag you along (kicking and screaming?)

  • We introduced Sitka’s Highliner Cafe to the Bratte (thanks Kaladis!) Alright, so it wasn’t their first time making a half latte, half breve, but they sure gave hubby a wierd look when he ordered the first time. I wonder if they noticed the abrupt stop to this daily order after our week long vacation? “That half-late, half-breve girl must be gone. Oh good, she sounded like such a dork always asking for a ‘Bratte’. Some people are just strange…”
  • I miss my boots. In Sitka you can wear your x-tra tuffs everyday and no one looks at you funny. Try that here and people think you’re wierd.
  • This is Sandy Beach. Much of the time the actual sand is underwater, but we still call it Sandy Beach. It’s as close to a real beach as you can get. Unless of course you have the time to load the family into your skiff and hunt for beach out of town. Local kids can be found swimming here. It’s freezing, even in July. Those kids are crazy.

  • One of the highlites of the trip was our excursion out to the “bunkers”. During the 1940’s the military emplaced 3 large caliber guns along a causeway stretching out into Sitka Sound. Along with the batteries were built several support facilities. Several of these abandoned structures are accesible by a short skiff ride from town.

This is one of the first structures you’ll encounter, a concrete quonset-hut style built in the side of the hill.Once you step in the door, you’re inside a huge open area. Can you imagine exploring inside this cavern alone, and hearing a ghostly voice calling to you from a far corner? As Kevin about his experience 😉

This is the dual-level observation post. Kevin says this structure looks like something out of Halo. The gun battery is located just down the hill. Now the area is covered by moss, underbrush, and trees, but it’s easy to imagine what it must have looked like during its heyday.

Our picnic spot. Notice the gun emplacement location in the foreground? You can also see the entrance to the largest structure. Up the hill is the observation post.

Again, the entrance to the structure located behind the battery. This is a large concrete building with several rooms, two (or more?) floors, and two additional large entrances/exits. We spent the majority of our time exploring this area. I say “we”, but I really don’t mean me because, honestly, I was too chicken to do much exploring. Even with a flashlight it was just a bit too eery for me. The best part about these buildings is that there is no tour guide, signs, or anything to indicate that more than a handful of people explore this are each year. A high school friend maintains a very informative site about all of the war time operations and structures built in Sitka. There are some neat pictures from this site’s operating days. It gives me shivers to imagine all the men stationed here, keeping watch and manning these huge guns, anticipating an attack at any moment. They had every reason to believe an attack on the air station was imminent. Perhaps we’ll make a point of exploring some of the other areas next time we’re in town.