Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Alaska Cruise - Ketchikan

Ketchikan - Tuesday September 6 - I'm excited about getting off the ship and walking on land. The dramamine has been doing the job, but I'm ready to "run free".  We sign up for a small tour and Bob the guide is quite a character. We soon find out that folks that live in Alaska are unique with a quirky flavor.  Bob was no exception - very folksy manner. I'm guessing a former hippie of sorts. 





We are on a bus for a short jaunt and then exit to wander to a stream where salmon are swimming like crazy. There's a deer in the distance. No bear. You can see paths where the bear crash through, but at 10 in the morning they are not seeking civilization. But we all look around eagerly  -hoping for a spotting.

Onward to Potlatch Park filled with native totems and carvings. Very interesting tour and art.
Back to town and we walk along historic Creek Street, the former red light district. Ketchikan is small and cutesy. One townie said it's " a drinking town with a fishing problem."  Ha!

2 pm - back on the boat for pushoff. Gorgeous scenery and everyone was eager to chat and share their day. Sea planes soared overhead. Fish leaped as we looked down. And amidst the drizzle it was sunny and misty at the same time.


I'm feeling the Alaska spirit. We move onward ready for our next stop on Wednesday

14 comments:

  1. Drinking town with fishing problems - funny.
    I imagine it takes a certain kind of quirkiness to live in Alaska.

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  2. Cute city to visit, seems like a lot of charm there.

    Betty

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    1. Yes. Small fishing towns have charm

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  3. Hi Joanne - love the idea of a drinking town with fishing problems - I'd be happy ... with the fish and the odd drink! Wonderful place to see and be able to get out and walk about off your sea-legs ... love the picture of you both ... thanks for sharing with us - cheers Hilary

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    1. Told you the tour would get better each day. Alaska is a unique state. It was fantastic

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  4. Want to see a bear? Usually most want to run when they see a bear lol Would take many a quirk to live there I bet.

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    1. Oh there is a bear in the future. Stay tuned.

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  5. Ketchikan sounds awesome. Love PNW Native art and totem poles.

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    1. Alaska has some unique tribes with very different looks to their art. The totem poles are cool indeed

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  6. 'drinking town with a fishing problem' love the quirky sense of humour! Sounds like a totally charming place. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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  7. Gosh, Joanne, I've missed so many posts here. Sorry. Looks like you had a fabulous time in Alaska. I love the motto: "Drinking town with a fishing problem." Sounds about right, from what I remember of my fun trip to Alaska. And as for the chocolate - that happens to me a lot. It's kind of a nightmare, but it's actually a major win. Smiles.
    Be well.

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  8. What was that crazy TV show about a town in Alaska that used to be on? The doctor guy lived there and dated a female pilot. This place reminds me of that by your description.
    Barbara from Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  9. Both the tour and the people sound quaint and interesting. I think I'd be OK with NOT seeing any bears--ha!

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