|We flew out of Sitka on a beautiful sunny day. We both agreed we felt like we were leaving "home" even though we were returning to where we had lived most of our lives.|
|We had a chance to really appreciate how mountainous Baranof Island is as we were flying south.|
|Our daughter and her husband are active in the local curling club|
|This original sleigh was on the lawn of our daughter's neighbor.|
Niagara Falls Park was decorated for the holidays and there were even fireworks and a light show over the falls.
|Norman's mom enjoyed watching her great grandchildren showing her their games.|
|Grandson H. catches some air at the schoolyard next to their home.|
|Our Daughter-in-law in Portland Oregon has quite the fancy quilting machine which Clarice put to good use finishing an Alaska themed quilt she had been working on.|
On returning to Sitka we were met with our first significant snow here at sea level.
|Our landlord had left us a snow shovel at the first forecast of snow which were put to use the as soon as we arrived back at the boat.|
|3 river otters were playing in the snow on the next dock over one morning.|
|We put on our Yak Traks (AKA ice chains for boots) and walked 9.4 miles round trip to frozen Indian River Falls. The scenery made the walk well worth the effort.|
|Jarvis did fine while he was walking on the trail but started to shiver once we stopped so Clarice warmed him up.|
|Soaking in the upper Goddard Hot Springs bath house with our friends from Sitka.|
|Looking down from the upper bath house toward the lower bath house and Salish Aire anchored off shore.|
|Clarice and August made like "real Alaskans" as they went from the upper bath house to the lower bath house in their swim suits over the ice and snow.|
|We had to try the lower bath house as well.|
|Trail to the upper bath house.|
|Lower bath house.|
|The lead flutist from the Toronto Symphony played a concert at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.|
|Sitka Jazz Festival goes on for 3 days|
One thing that has fascinated us about Sitka is that there are graves and cemeteries in this very old town in the most unexpected places. Yes there is the usual formal cemetery with manicured lawns but there are also graves from long past and fairly recent in the forests about town and in church yards.
|Russian Orthodox crosses are common with the cathedral having been active from Russian times to the present.|
|Grave markers range from simple to fancy looking off through the forest|
|A marker at the Memorial Park recognizing a sad time in history. The marker sits at the base of a knoll.|
|Another forest graveyard.|
Graves in the churchyard of the Episcopal church we attend.
|A fenced grave at the Russian Blockhouse|
|The memorial grave of one of the Russian Orthodox bishops at the Russian Blockhouse|
|The new SCUBA compressor was quieter during its test run than we had expected.|
|The compressor with its cover in place.|