Saturday was the next to last day in Sitka and Sunday will mostly be about getting ready to exfiltrate, so we tried to make the most of it. Not a bad weather day. No rain, cloudy skies with clearing in the evening. We spent the day shopping, hiking and bird watching.
The birding was great. We walked along a board walk that leaves from our campsite area. It walks out over the estuary of Starrigavan Creek. It is very nice and a great place to bird. Part of that is probably due to the sunshine which started to peek out about the time we began our walk. In one location we saw Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos (Oregon Sub-species), Hermit and Swainson’s Thrush, Robin, Townsend’s, Wilson’s and Orange-crowned Warblers,
Rufous Hummingbirds, as well as a beautiful juvenile Red-breasted Sapsucker. There were several examples of each species. It was quite the show.
We also walked the Mosquito Cove Loop Trail at the other end of the campground in a state park area. It is a 1.4 mile groomed trail over and around a ridge that runs next to Mosquito Cove through rain forest and down to the beach. We were the only ones on the trail, which was nice, but it was dark under the trees and having seen a lot of brown bear scat on the trail I kept the bear spray in my hand with the safety off and did my best Yogi Bear imitation to let them know I was coming. After we got back from hiking we put together a s’mores feast by the fire.
My favorite souvenir of the day was my “Stud Puffin” mug. Horned puffins are my favorite bird, so who could resist such a fitting tribute? We head for Juneau Monday morning. We talked about staying in Juneau for a couple of days as the weather is supposed to be nice, or like I said before, head to Dawson City after reaching Haines, but my money is on heading home. We will have been on the road for three weeks by the time we get there and I need a break before the backpack trip at the end of the month. Also, we have some furniture purchases to make to round out the look of the new condo.
I probably will not write again until we get back to anchorage in about 4 days, but who knows we have been known to change our minds before.