Final Stop – Sitka, AK

Our week-long cruise on Wilderness Discoverer ended in Sitka, a city I had missed on previous trips to Alaska. Yes, we had rain. Then the sun came out until the rain began again. Alaska had an exceptionally wet spring and summer. That’s what a friend who paints houses in Juneau said.


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I’ll remember Sitka for gorgeous flowers blooming everywhere a flower might grow. I thank the drivers for not taking aim at tourists. They were easy-going, patient people who slowed down to let wayward pedestrians cross the street. Next best – the dogs. In Sitka people walk the nicest, friendliest dogs, and I missed my Abby. Most of all, I will be grateful for Ana Dittmar, the heritage museum curator at St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Ana agreed to accept my mother’s prayer book.  (See WP post  Sept. 2, 2017.)



Even though I had a map, the entrance to the Russian Orthodox cemetery was hard to find. Eventually, I met a tourist who had visited the cemetery, and she gave a simple direction – walk straight up Observatory Hill. Pass the houses and go to the end of the road. At the end, a dirt path snakes into a forest with topsy-turvy graves, triple-bar Orthodox crosses, headstones, and flowers. Visitors like me stepped into a eerie place of  lush plants, moss, and slipper slopes that were magical and spooky.


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4 thoughts on “Final Stop – Sitka, AK

  1. susanenholm32 September 29, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    I met several transplants who really like living in Sitka; also met two young guys from Jamaica on J-1 visas. The airport is a 10 minute drive from downtown – no traffic.


  2. smilecalm September 27, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    beautifully lush
    and maybe a little
    i never visited up there
    but almost took a job in Sitka at the clinic
    which was filled by a grad school classmate 🙂


  3. danielwalldammit September 27, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Haven’t been down there yet. Looks beautiful.


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