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1  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: June 19, 2015 11:02:18 AM
SlickMariaVic -- Birdkenstocks!!!

lol  Cheesy

We went on a 4 day trip through Peril Strait and around the bays and inlets. It was just for fun, to do some sight seeing and sport fishing, catch crabs/ shrimp, etc.

The first morning, we anchored near the Nakwasina River. There were half a dozen brown bear that bolted when we went ashore to fish. It was impossible to get a photo of Ipo with them because they just looked like brown dots in the background  Undecided

We caught a few Dungeness crabs that were dinner that night -

The shrimp pots were really hit or miss. One came up with a bunch of young Tanner Crabs that were immediately released-

But we did catch shrimp in the other pots-

We saw lots of deer. The deer up here, called Sitka Deer, are TINY compared to what they have in the lower 48 though. These ones posed as we went ashore in Poison Cove

The Eva River, great Dolly Varden fishing Smiley

Coming home, there's Sitka! And one of the small cruise ships, I think it was the Seven Seas Navigator

When we got back from the fun trip we had a days rest then back out trolling. We'd start at first light, 3am, so here is Ipo taking in the actual sunrise just after 4 am.

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2  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: June 08, 2015 02:44:07 PM
Love the "drinking age verified" band that Ulewehi is sporting Smiley

Lots of rain here. I need to find Ipo an umbrella because here in the rain forest nothing is canceled due to rain Tongue ball games, parades, etc all go on regardless.

Yesterday we took Ipo out on a commercial troller (NOT to be confused with a trawler) and caught some King Salmon-

I'm hoping to get some better photo's when we head out today.

When we went to Anchorage for my son's medical stuff we went to the Sea Life Center in Seward the day before his surgery. So Ipo hung out with all sorts of sea life-


Sea Lions
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3  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: May 24, 2015 09:51:07 AM
Hope everyone is having a great weekend Smiley It's been so sunny and dry here that they actually have a fire warning for the Tongass, which is of course a rain-forest, so it's REEEALLY unusually dry.

Anyway, it was a crazy busy week with out of town family visiting. But the plus side is we saw all the local tourist attractions and Ipo got to come along Smiley

We took Ipo to the Alaska Raptor Center where they treat injured birds from all over the state. They treat everything from Bald Eagles to Hummingbirds Smiley

Ipo saw Bald Eagles -

Met an owl that is the same size as Ipo Smiley

and peeked into the clinic where they work on the birds when they come in-

We went to see the Welcome to Sitka sign. I love this sign. We have an amazing metal artist here who makes all of these signs, more of his work will pop up in this gallery as the swap progresses. I love them.

We did some tide pool-ing where Ipo met a sea cucumber

The beach where we found the sea cucumbers

Went to the science center/ aquarium where we saw an octopus

and salmon fry

and then Ipo was nearly eaten by a bear!  Grin

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4  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: May 19, 2015 07:24:50 AM
Ipo has arrived! Yesterday was really nice, and one of the lowest tides of the year. So he got to see the beach, mountains and all the scenery Smiley

The first day he was here he saw an ABC Brown Bear in the wild. Unfortunately it's not safe to get close enough that it shows well in a photo with a LV, and when I shrunk the photo to meet Craftsters size requirements you couldn't see the bear at all..

She was a young sow and unfortunately so many people started crowding her trying to get closer and closer for photos that she started getting aggressive and was shot by an Alaska Wildlife Trooper on Sunday when she charged him.  Cry
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5  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: May 09, 2015 03:54:55 PM
Slight change of plans, and LV's. My partner had to withdraw from the swap. But Mountains and Clouds kindly offered to take on a second LV so I can still participate in this round Smiley

So Janwu (Tlingit for mountain goat) headed to Hawaii today.

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6  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: May 02, 2015 08:23:38 PM
phoenixfiredesigns- The zoomination photos are AMAZING! That looks gorgeous!

As far as Rex goes we had plans to hike today but my truck broke down so he got to help me swap out the thermostat instead.

Hopefully tomorrow we will get out for a scenic hike Smiley
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7  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: April 27, 2015 07:13:20 PM
Nothing exciting here.. we had a couple nice days so got a couple longer hikes in.
The long liners are starting to show up, then in June the trollers start arriving, plus the first cruise ship of the year shows up May 5th, so this town will be crazy soon.

Rex enjoying the view of Mt Edgecumbe from Sitka's Crosstrail

We made a campfire and roasted hotdogs at a friends house this weekend. One of the photos from that-

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8  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: April 15, 2015 01:12:06 PM
One of the parks we walk in daily is Sitka National Historical Park, or Totem Park. It's a beautiful rain-forest park with great views of the water and of course, totem poles. A link about these particular totem poles and how they ended up in Sitka - http://www.nps.gov/sitk/learn/historyculture/totem-poles.htm

Rex on the Lakich'inei Pole -

And Rex with one of the bear resistant garbage cans in the park. Indian River in the background draws a lot of tourists in late summer when the salmon arrive en masse to spawn-

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9  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wildfyre on: April 13, 2015 11:46:14 AM
Manatees are just awesome Smiley

Rex has finally arrived! The first step was to introduce him to the other residents of our apartment; my son and puppy-

Don't worry MomyAmy, Rex will be kept out of the puppy's reach at all times, I swear.
And I have no idea why my son has to put everything on his head...
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10  Re: Little Visitor Swap- Round 21 (SU till 03/24 or full, SO 03/30 and 09/30) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Wildfyre on: March 17, 2015 03:02:42 PM
Ok, here's Willow -

He doesn't care where he goes, as long as it's off the island Smiley

In exchange, the LV I host will see the sights of Sitka, Alaska, the largest city in the US  Wink By area, not population!
Lots of wildlife, hiking, beach combing, etc.

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