We were in port in Sitka, Alaska on June 11, so I got my first experience tendering. After the passengers all had opportunities to get off the ship and onto a little tender boat to get to shore, it was my turn. Here is a picture of the tender boat I took. Our ride from the cruise ship (which you can see in the background) to shore took about 15 minutes.
Sitka is a pretty tiny little town, and I imagine it is quite depressing in the winter. I enjoyed the 3 hours I spent there, but probably wouldn’t want to stay more than another day or two. I did visit the National Historic Park on the island, which consisted of some simple hiking trails meandering through an absolutely beautiful forest. Here are a couple totem poles at the trail entrance:
While hiking I encountered the largest slug I have ever seen, so I had to photograph it, even though it was kind of gross:
And I’ll include this for perspective – ewwww!