Saturday, December 23, 2006


To think that Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be our national bird instead of the bald eagle! For one thing, while eagles are beautiful to look at, I'd hate to have to eat these scavangers for Thanksgiving.

Wishing he could fly

I have nothing but admiration for the hardships the early prospectors endured while seeking gold in the Alaskan wilderness. This statue commemorates their spirit and is located in front of the Sitka Pioneer Home in the heart of downtown Sitka.

Edgecumbe Looms

Some days when Mt. Edgecumbe is viewed from the Totem Park side of town, it looks even larger than it does when seen from closer. This looming effect is probably due to the heat rising from downtown which creates a magnifying effect.

I'd rather be fishing!

My father-in-law, Pete Karras, would rather be in his boat in Sitka Sound than just about anywhere. Originally from California, he has lived in Sitka since the mid-40's, and surrounded by his kids and grandkids and together with his wife of 54 years, Bertha, he has lived the Alaskan dream. They operate Karras Day Rentals, just a short walking distance from downtown Sitka. (907-747-3978)