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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan June 30th 2008

Our campsite is on a cove and the surroundings are quite beautiful and peaceful. There are mountains across the inlet and little wooded islands dot the water in every direction. We awoke again this morning to clear blue skies and sunshine. Today we are driving into Ketchikan to tour the city and it’s history. The Tongass Historical Museum is the best place to see the history of Ketchikan. There are artifacts, photos and text depicting this city through the years, from the once Native fishing village to the Wickedest City in the world to the Salmon Capital and tourist Mecca that it is today. Ketchikan is called Alaska’s “First City” as it is it’s southern most city and it is also the first place that cruise ship stop on their passage north. Each day we have ... read more
House on an island
Grandma and the Polar Bear
Infamous Creek Street

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan June 29th 2008

Sleeping onboard the ferry was quite pleasant. We both got a great night’s sleep, which was good, since we were awaken with a knock on the door at 4:15 am, and a soft voice telling us that we arrive in Ketchikan in a half hour. The last 24 hours aboard the Taku was very pleasant and very relaxing and a great way to travel. Driving ashore in Ketchikan at 5 am on a Sunday morning, we found the streets quite empty. Macdonald’s provided our breakfast before we cruised around the city, getting ourselves oriented with our home for the next two days. The scenery was spectacular, driving on the North Tongass Highway toward our reserved campsite, especially since the sun was shining, which is amazing in itself. Ketchikan is the wettest community in North America, receiving ... read more
Guard Island Light
Peaceful, Quiet Morning
Clan House at Totem Bight

North America » United States » Alaska » Inside Passage June 28th 2008

Having to wake up to catch an early morning ferry is starting to get old, real quick. We had the alarm set for 3:45 am, but neither one of us slept that well, in anticipation of the early rise. We skipped the coffee and tea and ate bananas for breakfast as we waited in line for our 5:15 am ferry departure. We are on our way to Ketchikan, which will take 24 hours by ferry. Good news is that we booked a stateroom and as soon as we are onboard, we intend to go right back to bed. Our second rising, from our very comfortable bunks bed aboard the Taku was about 9:30 am. Breakfast in the cafeteria was excellent and then we set about the ship before Dave settled in to read his book and ... read more
First Picture of Eagle
Second Picture
Third Picture

North America » United States » Alaska » Sitka June 27th 2008

It rained during the night, as we found out in the morning, as water poured off the tent when Dave opened the hatch. However, we never heard the rain during the night. We also noticed we were sitting on the floor of the van, with almost all the air gone out of the mattress, as we got out of the van. Not a good sign. By the time we had breakfast and were ready to go the skies were just cloudy and remained that way throughout the day. First order of business for the day is laundry. How fortunate we were, to find a Laundromat that wasn’t busy and had free wireless internet. Laundry done and two blogs sent, we began our tour of Sitka. Sitka National Historic Park is a wonderful source of information about ... read more
Crest Totem
Native Art
Cloudy Morning in Sitka

North America » United States » Alaska » Sitka June 26th 2008

Five am came early this morning, as I suppose it does every morning. We grabbed coffee at the campground office and headed to the Ferry Terminal about 5 miles away. Two hours before the ferry leaves, you need to check in and get a lane assignment. There we sat, in our lane number 5, until about 7:30 am. We are on the Fairweather today, which is a high-speed catamaran ferry. It is quite nice and comfortable, but unlike the Malaspina, it has only one passenger level and no wireless internet. We sat at a table where Dave read his book and I worked on my blogs and pictures to get them ready to send, when once again we find a hotspot. We had breakfast and lunch on the ferry and the food wasn’t that bad for ... read more
The Fairweather
Retreat Island Light
Best Whale shot of the day

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 25th 2008

Our journey today is bringing us to the city of Juneau. Juneau, nestled into the foot of it’s namesake mountain, is the capital of Alaska and it is landlocked. You have to fly or take a boat into this city, but you would never know that by the number of cars and the 4 lane highways that it has, especially during rush hour. Juneau is a cruise ship port and there are four huge ships in the city docks today. The population of Juneau is around 32,000 people and it swells, like Skagway does, when they add 8-10,000 more people per day from the ships. The cruise ship docks are adjacent to the city street, and they dominate the waterfront and the view from just about everywhere. We took Thane Road, which goes south of the ... read more
Looking toward Douglas from Thane Road
Flowers are everywhere along side the roads

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 24th 2008

After 12 glorious hours of sleep, we are both feeling wonderful and rearing to go. The mosquitoes here at the campsite are ferocious and the size of moose. We dodge them in the morning while fixing breakfast and again when we get back at night to fix supper. Since it is not raining, the first thing on the agenda this morning is a hike at the Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier is about a half mile wide at the base and 12 miles long and it is very impressive to look at. Huge chunks of blue glacial ice lie in the lake in front of the glacier. Glacial ice takes a long time to melt because it is so compacted and all the air has been pressed out of it. Hiking up the East Glacier Trail, it ... read more
Glacier Sculpture
Mendenhall Glacier
Totem Pole in woods

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 23rd 2008

After virtually no sleep for either one of us, we got up at 5 am, grabbed a cup of tea and a couple of breakfast bars and headed for the ferry. We are taking the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry to Juneau, with a stop in Haines along the way. We did not have any problems driving down the ramp and into the ship with the box on the back of the van. The ferry ride was smooth and nobody got sick (meaning me). There were glaciers and waterfalls interspersed in the mountainous landscape along this 5 ½ hour trek on the Inside Passage. Eldred Rock Light was one of the highlights of the trip. Dall Porpoises, Whales and Sea Otters were seen but since the ferry doesn’t stop or slow down for wildlife, I have no ... read more
The Malaspina
Leaving Skagway
Haines, Alaska

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway June 22nd 2008

Our last full day in Skagway started with getting the van loaded up, laundry and some last minute shopping. We bought a few more souvenirs and then had lunch at the Red Onion Saloon. The “girls” were leading tours upstairs into the brothel. They charged $5.00, which is what it cost the men in the late 1800’s to visit with them upstairs. The money was sent from the “crib” in a tube to the bartender who kept track of the girls. He had a doll for each of the girls and would lay the doll on it’s back when the girl was with a customer to show she was busy. We attended an opening of the Skagway Sculpture Gardens with Erol. There were several exquisite pieces on display in the garden, including a huge bronze bear ... read more
Pictures and artifacts over the bar
Working Girls at Red Onion
Our Accomendations in Skagway

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway June 21st 2008

Skagway is an enigma. There are so many wealthy people here, yet to look around, most of what you see looks like poverty. There is abandoned and unlived in property everywhere and about half the houses that are lived in are shacks or extremely rundown. A great number of the employees here for the summer are foreign students. Most employers provide “housing” for these employees, which is often a run-down trailer in a campground, and in some cases tents. Dave and I walked through several campgrounds in the city and we saw lots of permanent type tents (white canvas on a platform with a tarp over the top. We noticed that some of these “tenants” leave food remnants outside their tents and then people wonder why there are more bear sightings this year. We picked up ... read more
Broadway in Skagway
Capt Moore's Original Cabin
The Iris's are out

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