Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Second Day in Sitka Alaska

What a fun day. This is my 2nd day in Sitka. It has been snowing all day. This is one of the little harbor in Sitka. The boats were so "salty" and full of character. It was really fun walking out on the docks looking at all the boats, and the view of the ocean was breathtaking.

Tam took me on a little tour of Sitka today. We also went to Totem Park and walked around a bit.

Here are two of five huge King Crabs that Chris, Tam's husband, brought home my first night here....I ate one of those crab legs with dinner. I have never tasted anything so yummy - talk about fresh. The crabs are such interesting creatures. I also ate Halibut Cheeks for dinner....I bet you didn't know fish have cheeks! They are pretty tasty!

A face only a mother could love!

It was the oddest thing, when the crabs were right side up, they were crawling all over the place and very active. This in itself gave me a very odd feeling just because of their size (it was totally Sci-Fi-ish. Then if you flip them over on their backs it was like magic, they were suddenly motionless. Like they had just finish with a rubdown at the Fondell Spa and Resort, and were waiting to finish up with a hot salted steam bath! Yum!

One of the highlights of my day was visiting a small bear sanctuary. There are two brown bears that live at the sanctuary right now. They were rescued when they were just little cubs after there mother had been killed. Now they are 2 years old and just as happy as can be living in this truly remarkable home that has been created for them. A man named Les has poured his heart and life into this Sanctuary for quite a few years. It was very apparent that this is his passion, and all his hard work has and perseverance has saved these two bears. They really do look like big fuzzy teddy bears and it just makes you dream about cuddling them. But, they are wild animals and their enormous size and apparent strength demand and deserve respected. They are truly magnificent animals!

Tomorrow will be the first day of doll classes. I met the ladies tonight at dinner, and they are a vibrant, fun lovin' group! This is going to be FUN!!!!


Libby Buttons said...

Geeze those crabs are creepy ! So spider like. Ick. I am envious of your time in Alaska, a place Ive always wanted to visit.

Anonymous said...

I don't like spiders, i don't like crabs, so spiderish-crabs are even worse!

love your niece,

cmahlstadt said...

They really were cool to look at Jess! But you know what I liked even better than looking at them? Eating them with butter! So yum! :)

Aunt Cyndi