Sitka, Alaska

Sitka is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. It’s so visceral to awake to the cries of eagles each morning and to retire in the evening with that being the last sounds of the day. Brown bear are almost as plentiful as registered voters, and the beauty of nature, marine life, and beckoning forest trails is irresistible.

History is everywhere you turn, and it’s very possible to walk almost everywhere. Who needs a car? The Native Alaskan Brotherhood runs three bus lines during the work week. Seniors ride for $1 or can buy a day pass for $2.

I never tire of watching the ballet of clouds and even fog banks moving among, through, above, and in-between the snow-capped peaks. The trail system is among the best in the world. The National Historical Park is almost a place one could live.

And, don’t forget to have a cold glass of wheat beer (or other flavors) from the Baranoff Island Brewing Company.