..........................Icy Strait Point:
This would appear to be entrepreneurship at its finest. Cruise ships, with their many multitudes, stop here regularly. It is not really a city, or village, it is a tourist attraction. Wikipedia says it better than I can:
Icy Strait Point is a privately owned tourist destination just outside the small village of Hoonah, Alaska. It is located on Chichagof Island and is named after the nearby Icy Strait. Owned by Huna Totem Corporation, it is the only privately owned cruise destination in Alaska, as most stops are owned by the cities in which they are located. Huna Totem Corporation is owned by approximately 1,350 Alaskan Natives with aboriginal ties to Hoonah and the Glacier Bay area. Many of them are of the Tlingit people.
We rode the gondola up the mountain. Some of us zip-lined back down. We took a hike with a native guide and learned about the medicinal value of local plants. We toured a mock salmon cannery. And we made our first error in judgment. We opted to go whale watching in Juneau inside of Icy Strait. The people who whale-watched at Icy Straits were treated to many breaching whales and orcas. Those of us who whale-watched in Juneau saw whales, not breaching, and no orcas. Oh well.
|Riding up the mountain. Our home away from home is |
safely berthed, awaiting our return.
|Passing on the goodness of nature learned from his elders|
|He emphatically said he was carrying the shotgun "for our |
protection". There are probably more resident brown bears
on the island than there are full-time resident people.
|My Sweetie made a new friend|