Minestrone, a Hearty Winter Warm Up
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|How's this for a Welcome-to-Wrangell greeting?|
It has been too many years since our last visit to Wrangell. We always seem to rush on by as we cruise north and south, choosing other routes to travel from Petersburg to Ketchikan. 2010 was the year to revisit the town, especially since friends Pat and Frank R. were in residence this week. Omigosh, what a fun-packed three days in town.
We hiked the north beach...
... spotted this cool benchmark, with its information and warnings...
(remember to click on any photo to see it full-frame)
... and then found the famous Wrangell petroglyphs. Here's a sample of just two of the many we spotted (and who knows how many we missed?)
|Check out how much of this iceberg's mass is underwater!|
|Buddlington Range, across the water of Frederick Sound|
Frederick Sound became an instant favorite place with glorious sunshine, impressive scenery, and whales. Whales! not many, not even a large pod, just six individuals doing their thing. But there were whales!
I kept wishing we could get closer... but not too close.
"If there were a museum for museums, the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka would be part of the collection. It is the oldest museum in Alaska and is located in the first concrete building in the state. Construction began in 1895 and it has been occupied since 1897. The building was placed on the National Historical Register in 1972.
While the building may be as old as some of the items in its collection, its exhibits reflect recent renovation and a dedication to professional museum standards. The Museum's collection has been called a jewel in the crown of Alaska ethnographic collections."