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Petersburg, Alaska

Saturday, July 28, 2007

rain 0 °F

We wake to rain again, but it stops by the time we're ready to drive into Petersburg. Our first stop is the museum.
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We watch their interesting 30-minute movie on the history of Petersburg and look around their small museum.
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The 3rd grade teacher in town had her students write a journal about themselves and their heritage, so I read a few of them and leave a note for one of the little girls saying how much I enjoyed her journal. They are really well done for 3rd graders.

Then we park by the dock area and walk around downtown Petersburg.
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We first stop at the Sons of Norway area and read about their Norwegian founder/heritage.
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There are lots of fishing boats in this town.
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Then we walk along the main street and do some window-shopping. Petersburg was founded by a Norwegian, so several of the stores are decorated with Norwegian artwork. Even some of the sidewalks have the Norwegian inspired designs.
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All of the windows have quilts displayed, so I am thrilled to look at quilts. They apparently have quilting camp here each summer. I joke with Jere that we need to come back next summer so I can attend quilting camp. The town has dozens of quilts displayed from “Quilt Camp 2007”.

We look for a place for lunch, but the only restaurant we find in town that meets Jere & Joe’s approval is filled with cruise passengers. Petersburg gets 2-3 small cruises in here each week. The cruise boats are small, with less than a 100 tourists/boat.

So we return to the trailer for lunch and it is pouring rain. After lunch we head south for a drive. We pass several sitka pygmy black-tailed deer along the road.
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They’re not bothered by our loud diesel and keep on eating when we pass. It stops raining so we get out to take a walk on a nature trail. It's through a muskeg meadow to a salmon creek. While we’re watching the salmon and fishermen at the creek, a black bear comes out to the riverbank about 50 yards downstream, so we watch the bear for awhile.
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The one section of road has graffiti painted on it. The graffiti continues for around 1000 feet. I'm not sure if I've ever seen graffiti painted on blacktop.
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We stop by the trailer for a snack and then drive to the other side of town and do some beach-combing at low tide.
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There’s a lot of sea glass on the beach, so we gather some sea glass as a souvenir.
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After walking on the beach for awhile we head down the road to Sandy Beach Park. They have very unusual picnic tables:
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It’s not very sandy at Sandy Beach, but we walk out through the mud and mussels to look at some petroglyphs that are supposed to be out on the rocks. We find a few and then head back to the truck – it’s raining again.

We make one more stop (in the rain), where there's a covered viewpoint, Whale Point.
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There are icebergs in the strait from the LeConte glacier, so we look at them through the binoculars for awhile. They're really pretty. Then head back to the trailer for dinner (and lots more rain!).

Posted by jengelman 13:13 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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