Day one in Wrangle, Alaska

Our Alaska Airlines plane and 

The trees were full of bald eagles.

David is calling us all to lunch

To see the pan, click HERE.  

the spacious lodgings we had in Wrangell. 

and we were glad to oblige

Wrangell is a very small town, as are most of the towns in the Alaska South-eastern rain forest. All towns have their piers and after walking around a bit, I spotted one I just had to photograph with my Nikon panoramic software.

After a satisfying lunch, we went with Marie on a walking tour of Wrangell.
First on our tour was the Wrangell Museum which has been open for only three years. 

The picture below, mounted on an easel, was made entirely out of glass chips. 

The picture on the left is very interesting in that it shows where Wrangell is located within the state, and a detailed map of Wrangell
The ups and downs of a very interesting topography.  

Wrangell Museum Nolan Center

  Wrangell
People / Land
Adapting As Needed
Timbering/Fishing/Shipping/Tourism
Surviving

 

Only small people were invited into this place.

A lecture from Marge Byrd, an elderly native member of the Chief Shakes Tlingit community tribe told about her ancestors who lived in similar houses. 
The one above is a fake, carved by some tourist who was clearly disrespectful of ancient history.  Not us, of course. 

But the one below, and the right are real.  


Rock Marks

  Petroglyphs
Ancient Markings
Carved in Schist
What Are Their Origins?
Mystery

 
Walking toward some interesting totem poles

Shakes Tribal House

  Heritage
Tlingit People
Preserved with Integrity
Almost Totally Wiped Out
Future?

Below, our naturalist, Marie, told us about petroglyphs.

These were ancient carvings into rocks on the beach. 

And this is Lily, our co-guide fitting in very nicely in the ancient tree root structure. Tomorrow, we leave very early for the Anan Bear Sanctuary to see black bears in the wild feasting on Salmon swimming upstream to spawn. And this completes our first day in Wrangell.  
 

     Next, the  Anan Bear Sanctuary.