Totem Park, or the Sitka National Historical Park is a quarter of a mile from my apartment. I’ve mentioned it before. It’s the magical forest. Which is probably why the locals go there all the time to walk their dogs, walk themselves, and go for jogs. Totem Park was the first place that I decided to explore. It’s one of the few places where you can walk through the woods without bear mace. It’s also the only place in Sitka where you can see totem poles.
From the apartment, I walk to Sawmill Creek Road. The trailhead is about a quarter mile toward town. The trails are wide and graveled. The first loop of the trail leads to a Russian Memorial for Russian soldiers who died in 1804, trying to take Sitka from the Tlingit (pronounced Klink- It). It's nothing special, just a sign and an orthodox cross. Then the trail turns to follow Indian River. Then you come upon a bridge, where you cross the river. In the summer, Pink Salmon (called Humpies because the males get an ugly hump on their backs) swim up Indian River to spawn. I've heard that occasionally, a brown bear will come all the way down to Totem Park during the salmon spawn. (or the yummy hikers?) Indian River:
I've mentioned the "octopus roots" before, but here's another picture of some interesting root growth:
Thick forest growth:
I don't know if you can tell from this pictures, but there are tiny thorns all over this Devil's Club branch.
Rockweed and ribbon kelp washed up by the tide.
A tree on the shore and a huge piece of driftwood:
And last, but certainly not least:
This is my favorite totem so far. It looks like a monkey with his pet raven. Although I'm pretty sure there are no, and have never been, any monkey species here.
Well, that's all for this afternoon. This morning we had two tours, and we cleaned out some of the kayaks. I have the rest of the afternoon to myself! I will probably end up taking a walk in Totem Park. Again.