Ted's Big Ride 2009---Day Twenty-Five

Arrive Sitka, AK @ 6:15 AM
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Arrived at Sitka more or less on time. Went directly to the Motel 8 and they were so kind to let us check in early. Unloaded the bike, had a cup of coffee, and headed off to find breakfast. The recommended coffee shop, The Back Door, was open but did NOT serve a hot breakfast, only homemade bakery items. They directed us to Victoria's, just down the street. There, we had a very nice breakfast and then started looking for our tour boat pilot, Davey, on the Ester-G. We started looking at the wrong dock because we saw the "green awning" near the restaurant. After a while, we realize that there much be another dock. We hike around and find Davey at the end of a "red awning." We are within 5 minutes of the scheduled departure time, so all is well. Turns out that there are only 5 passengers booked for the tour and we all head out for our nature hunt, looking for whales, native birds, invertabrates, and other available animal gendres. Pics below summarize the days adventures.

Sunrise in Sitka
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Gull on the wing
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THE ??? Island
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Mt Edgecombe
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A young immature Eagle
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During Lift-off
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A mature eagle
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A little closer
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Whale Sighting
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Taking a dive
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A Raft of Otters
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Looking at Us
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Some Sea Stars
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And Others
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At the Island of ???, a variety of birds
Puffins on the Water
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And One in the Air
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Murres
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Pelegaic Gillemots
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Cormorant
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Oyster Catcher
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