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