July 29, 2011
Overnight the winds were strong out of the South so lots of swell to contend with on the open water portions of our journey today toward Sitka. We utilized another of the tricky 'inside passages' by taking the shortcut through Piehle Passage which was pretty simple since we transited at low water and all the hazards were readily visible or marked by patches of kelp. Once out of Piehle Passage, but still in shallow waters the seas were heaping up pretty good making for a bit of a rough ride. It was a long day, but we pushed on toward Sitka as the next day was to be the Sitka farmers market. Sitka only has four farmers markets per year and we are definitely low on good produce so it made for almost perfect timing to stock up.
Arriving in the afternoon we enjoyed watching a 119 meter Russian sail training ship leave the dock.
Tied up in Sitka we set out to explore the town and find a burger for dinner. Ended up at the Pioneer Saloon which was a good choice for local color. Ordered chineese food from next door and had it delivered to the bar where we sipped on Alaska Amber. Being a small town we ran into Emily from s/v Seaboy whom we'd met in Pelican.
Headed out the door to the Saturday market.