|"The Prospector"- Sitka, AK|
Sitka, Alaska... reachable only by boat or sea plane. Dewey, misty and chilled, this isolated safe haven is home to fishermen, shop owners, and tourists who infiltrate the town in constant rotation. Sitka had the smallest town central of all the ports visited by the Westerdam, but that is not to say it was without merit. Serenity and a calming stillness creeps through the modest town, which housed a single high school (complete with a totem), a smattering of restaurants, one coffee house, and three churches. Spontaneous thriving ensues once a ship has docked, and our fellow passengers flocked straight to the downtown stretch, comprised mainly of tourist shops. One would think that such a simple standard of living would dull the senses, but with it's enigmatic and somewhat haunting beauty, it is far from the truth.