After the park, we ventured to the Alaska Raptor Center, which is a non-profit center, dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of Bald Eagles and other birds. As we walked along the path here, we saw many eagles that were being cared for and who, because of various injuries, may be permanent residents here. The center is also within walking distance of downtown, and is very popular to visit. There are demonstrations and educational presentations offered daily. We opted to just wander. I thought it very "Alaska" when we saw a sign warning us of bears in the area. Where in the heck was my .44 Mag? Too funny.
We then just hung out downtown and went through the many types of shops. Some were dedicated to tourists, others were not. We found a great bargain on coats that had Alaska printed on them, which we still wear in the cold winter of Northern Utah. because of the Russian heritage here, it is one of the few places in the United States where you can purchase Russian trinkets, such as Nesting dolls. Visiting the Russian Othodox St. Michael's Cathedral. As we were not here on a Sunday, we did not have the opportunity to attend church, which I think would have been awesome. But the Russian influences here are really fantastic. (Next Stop...St Petersburg..eh?)
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So when you visit South East Alaska, I definitely recommend choosing a cruise itinerary that will stop here. More things you can do here are:
- Salmon or Halibut Fishing
- Whale Watching
- Sea Kayaking