Alaskan Cruise: Icy Straight Point aka Hoonah
Avec Hubby nous avions donc pris la bonne décision de courir ce jour la vu que je continue a m'entrainer pour le semi-marathon.
Nous avons donc pris l'un des petits bateaux pour les quais. J'ai demande a un gars du coin combien de miles jusqu’à la ville? Il m'a dit 1. Je lui ai explique que je voulais courir environ 6 miles. Du coup il m'a dit "Cours jusqu’à ce que la route s’arrête, mais ne vas pas plus loin car il y'a des ours, ils viennent parfois en ville d'ailleurs". Je dois dire que j'ai cru qu'il blaguait, mais Hubby m'a bien dit que non il nous faudrait faire attention. Je vous rassure tout de suite, ce n'est pas ce jour la que nous avons vu des ours.
Nous avons couru le long de la cote, en passant nous avons vu de nombreux Pygargue a tête blanche dans les arbres. Mon seul regret c'est que je n'avais pas mon appareil photo avec moi (dur de courir avec) et que je n'ai pas pris le temps d'y revenir plus tard. On a couru au travers du village de pécheurs, rien de bien marquant. On a continue sur la route en direction de l’aéroport. J'ai bien rigole quand j'ai vu la signe: "Aéroport 1 mile". Juste après l’aéroport, comme indique, l'asphalte faisait place a la terre battue et nous avons fait demi tour.
According to the cruise line we were doing a stop in Icy Strait Point. Except that I looked for the city on the maps and... nothing. We understood why when we got there, it's in fact the small town of Hoonah. Icy Straight Point is the name given by the cruise line to the touristic section of the island where they would like to keep us. There is very little to do there unless you pay for an excursion (whale watching or zipplining were some).
With Hubby we had made the right decision to go for a run that day since I'm still training for the Half Marathon.
So we took the small boat to the docks. I asked a local guy how many miles away was the town itself. He said 1. I asked him I wanted to run about 6 miles. So he told me "Run until the end of the road ends, but don't go farther, there are bears and they sometimes come to town." I have to addmit, I thought he was joking, but Hubby told me that we would have to be careful. Not to worry though, this is not the time that we saw a bear.We ran along the coast, on the way we saw several bald eagles in the trees. My only regret was that I didn't have my camera with me (hard to run with one) and we did not go back that way. We ran through the fishing town, not much to say about it. We continued along the road to the airport. I did have a good laugh when I saw the sign "Airport 1 mile". Right after the airport, as told, the pavement gave way to dirt and we turned back around.
De son coté Hubby avait commande le Fish&Chips, du flétan frit et des frites. C’était bon mais j'ai préféré le mien.
To recover from our run, we ate at the closest restaurant in Icy Strait Point. I picked the fish tacos. The suprise was that the fish didn't come on the usual tortilla but on raised sourdough. The fish was served with a chipotle coleslaw. Delicious.
As for Hubby, he ordered the Fish&Chips, fried halibut and fries. It was good but I enjoyed mine more.
To digest we went for a walk on the trail behind the former cannery.
Hubby saw locals filling up baskets with those berries that look like raspberries but have a much lighter taste. I think they may be called salmonberry.
Again totems are around.
A charming wood fire invited us to relax while looking a the fjord.
The forest was very dense, green and covered in moss. I was almost expecting to see the Kodamas from Princess Mononoke.
The mushrooms were huge, worthy of Alice in Wonderland.
In the calm of the forest, we saw a black-tailed dear appear.
Il y avait des panneaux qui expliquait le fonctionnement de l'usine, on a pas tout lu, on était surtout amusés par les faux morceaux de saumon et le faux sang qui décoraient les anciennes machines.
We toured the former salmon cannery, now some kind of museum. We did learn a few interesting tidbits about Alaska, among others that it was a child who designed the State's flag during a contest.There were signs explaining the work done at the cannery, we didn't read it all, I think we were more amused by the fake blood and salmon bits that decorated the former machines.
J'ai regretté ne pas avoir attrape l'appareil photo et aller marcher le long de la cote pour prendre des aigles en photos. "C'est comme des poulets" on nous a dit "vous en verrez plein a Juneau". Tu parles, mais bon je les ai vu et c'est déjà ça.
I think it's a good stop to go whale watching, or just to spend a chill day. We did hear a lot of people talk about the zipline, a long way up in a shuttle for 90 seconds of adrenalin.
I did regret not taking my camera and going on a walk by the ocean to get pictures of the eagles we had seen that morning however. "They're like chicken" we were told, "you'll see plenty in Juneau". No such luck, bu that's ok, at least I saw them and that was already pretty cool.