July in Bloom

We celebrated 4th of July in Sitka, Alaska, then headed south over Baranof Island in a float plane, flying low between snow-capped mountains and fjords.We splashed down in Port Alexander, a small fishing village 70 miles from the nearest road, home to Laughing Raven Lodge. Thanks to our guides Ryan and Henry, we caught our limits of king salmon and halibut every day, along with silver salmon, giant beastly lingcod, and bug-eyed orange rockfish. We watched humpback whales all day long. Sea lions roared at us. Anna cooked amazing meals for us while Pete filled our glasses with salmonberry wine. Molly made us feel at home, even when the float plane couldn’t come to get us and we stayed an extra day. We were not at all sad about it. Many thanks to Kelli for the tasty beach asparagus, and to Maia and Sam, for processing all the fish we brought home. We are eating well. 

I came home with a thousand pictures, but I can’t do this place justice. I just want to go back.

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12 Comments July in Bloom

  1. bt July 19, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Can’t wait to see the rest.

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    1. suwanneerose July 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks, bt!

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    2. Kitty Donnelly July 24, 2017 at 6:29 am

      Your Alaska pictures are fabulous. We miss you! Kitty and Chris from Ankara, Turkey

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      1. suwanneerose July 24, 2017 at 7:55 am

        Thank you, Kitty & Chris! Hope to see you back in Pine Island soon.

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  2. Julie July 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    All I can say is WOW! Thanks for sharing this trip of a lifetime with your beautiful photos.

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    1. suwanneerose July 19, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you, Julie! It was spectacular. Definitely the trip of a lifetime!

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  3. FRANK GOODY July 19, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!!
    FRANK GOODY

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    1. suwanneerose July 19, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks, Frank!

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  4. DON July 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    You captured the splendor of the area beautifully.

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    1. suwanneerose July 20, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Thank you, Don!

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  5. John F. Moore July 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

    The best pictures were the ones with you in them. UF

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    1. suwanneerose July 24, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Thanks, Uncle Freddie! My mom didn’t manage to get much of me in the shot of the lingcod I caught, but I thought that was kinda funny.

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