Petersburg is located on Mitkof Island. Early European explorers encountered the Tlingit and in the nineteenth century, Peter Buschmann, a Norwegian immigrant, settled here, building a cannery, sawmill, docks and early structures. The settlement was named Petersburg after him, and it flourished as a fishing port. (Icebergs from the nearby LeConte Glacier provided a source for cooling fish). Petersburg originally incorporated as a town on April 2, 1910. The town had attracted mostly immigrants of Scandinavian origin, thus giving Petersburg the nickname “Little Norway”. Today the population is about 3200 and the main industry is still fishing. This place is so small, it doesn’t even have a McDonalds, so no Wifi.
A busload of kids took over the upper deck and made it their personal encampment – looked like they were having a great time. Oh to be young again!
It is chilly here but we are prepared.
We got off the ferry at 9:30 and proceeded to the Trees RV park. We really wanted to head to the fairgrounds for the fireworks display but knew we wouldn’t get to the park until midnight so forgo the celebrations. The RV park has 10 spots, a convenience store with an impressive Italian espresso machine, the likes you have never seen, and a liquor store with everything you could possibly need. Too funny!
Wednesday morning we are off to have breakfast at the Salty Pantry. They have a unique business model. Random cooks from the area drop by and cook and prepare their favourite dishes for sale – the proprietor does not cook. After a delicious breakfast we spent the morning with David Berg of Viking Travel. Wasn’t he on Seinfeld? We took over his conference room and caught up on our work e-mails. Kind of him to bring us coffee.
He excitedly informed us that the shack across the road was serving salmon collars for lunch, a rare delicacy, and we should jump at the chance to try them. We did and, we did. We spent the rest of the afternoon looking for fresh seafood only to find out everything is frozen. But, you know, it will be fantastic, so we bought some halibut.
We are off first thing with Scott to go and visit the Le Conte Glacier and visit the local wildlife in his power boat. The day is ours for the making and will surely be exciting.This entry was posted in Uncategorized