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Kayaking in Sitka

Holly and I sea kayaking in Sitka!
Holly and I sea kayaking in Sitka! (Lynessa Nelson)

About halfway through our cruise we made it to Sitka, Alaska.  I had been looking forward to this day because of the sea kayaking excursion my sister and I opted to do.  Some of the guests on board chose to continue on into the town and a group of us were shuttled down to the pier.  We had a brief safety demonstration and rundown from our guides before hopping into the double sea kayaks and paddling out in the sound.  We headed out to a group of tiny islands about 15-20 minutes paddling distance from the dock.
sea kayaking in Alaska
sea kayaking in Alaska (Lynessa Nelson)

The views back towards the mountains were spectacular when we turned around.  We navigated our way through the tiny islands our guide pointed out the marine life below.  He pulled out a starfish for us to see.
Our guide finds a starfish
Our guide finds a starfish (Lynessa Nelson)

On the kayak back to the dock I fought off some seasickness.  I tend to get sick with any movement so I was surprised the rest of the trip had not brought on the sickness.  We spotted a male seal on the shore and they distracted my mind to focus on something else.  Our guide asked us to steer clear of the seal.  They could be aggressive - especially when a meal was involved.  It was interesting watching the male bellow and flip the fish from side to side in the air.  He was literally playing with his food :)

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