While taking my third trip to Alaska on a cruise ship my sense of propiety was offended by yet another string of shops selling T-shirts, jewelry, or furs. I was missing my dog back home and would have payed to pet a stranger's dog on the streets of Sitka. I talked my reluctant wife into the Sitka Salmon Tour and met with Nick the tour guide with little expectations. We were greeted by a youngish scruffle face bearded guy with a rag bag of a backpack who looked like he was fresh off the deck of "Whale Wars". Who would have thought he had a PHD. As it turned out, I miss judged him as I often do when meeting strangers. He took us on the most delightful, interesting walking tour of the forest passing over a salmon stream on the edge of town. We then went through the local salmon hatchery and met Hercules, a fish with a rugged past that would write a book on survival if it could. The tour concluded at the marina to see local fishing boats and discuss techniques and gear used in the piscatorial pursit. This 2 hour tour was such a welcome relief to cruise life and felt like a breath of fresh air. I found the tour to be intellectualy stimulating and no questions went without answer. The only thing missing of course, was Nick should have brought a dog.