We slept in
this morning after no sleep the night before, and then had a leisurely
breakfast.This was the first morning we
awoke to blue skies.We decided to take
in the history and culture of Wrangell this morning.Our first stop was the James and ElsieNolanCenter which contains the
city’s museum.The museum was very well
done and very informative about not only the history of Wrangell, but the
culture of the native peoples, primarily the Tlingets.
we drove to ShakesIsland in the city which
is home to a native clan house built in 1940.There are also a number of original totems on the island.We arrived at the time of a talk since there
was a small, paddlewheel cruise ship in town for the day.There were two parts to the talk.The first part was given by a native who had
worked with several others to build an authentic ocean-going canoe after the
other canoes had been destroyed in a fire.The canoe is housed in the clan house and was made from a single cedar
tree.The second part of the talk was
given by a native who talked about the clan house and how it was used.
Sitting by the shore
Both speakers were from the Tlinget
On the way
we stopped at TotemPark where several
original totems are standing.It was
here that I found the little tiny forget-me-not flowers, which is the state
flower of Alaska.
traveled we passed many different wild flowers blooming, white, orange, and
was back to the trailer for lunch.After
lunch we headed out to the eagle’s nest by the airport, to find that mom was
hunkered down in the nest and there was nothing to see.
decided that maybe we should hike up to RainbowFalls.The booklet said it was a walk to a viewing
platform.Well, it was a .6 mile hike up
the side of the mountain, with much of it wooden steps, 516 to be exact.Fred counted them.We did make it and the falls was worth the
climb.After climbing back down, we got
the makings for dinner and went back to the trailer to eat.After dinner we checked out the two nests
before settling in for the night.
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