Blogs from Ketchikan, Alaska, United States, North America


North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan November 19th 2015

R: We started our next day at 4am - we didn't want to mess with US customs and The Canadians we had spoken to, including our friend, Tracy the train manager, said get there 2 hours before. Nothing could have been further from the truth - they were still accepting passengers 15 mins before, and customs took less than 5 mins. Except for the people at the desk next to us who, when asked if they had anything to declare, said "No, all we have is a cooler of Kangaroo meat we picked up in Canada". When we saw them again on the boat they did not have their cooler of Kangaroo meat... We have splashed out on a cabin here - given our early start, it was nice to have our own space. It consists ... read more
Stunning scenery in the inside passage
Our cell on the boat
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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 31st 2015

Click here for photos from Ketchikan We awoke in Ketchikan to what we'd come to consider the sound of Alaska, a cold rain. Even the sound of the rain hitting our balcony told us it was cold, or perhaps our expectations of weather better than we experience back home had slowly turned into acceptance of the damp, cold reality of our current position. Although I often mention how overcast and rainy Northeast Pennsylvania is compared to the rest of the planet, Ketchikan clans claim to have the scientific proof that they have the fourth most rainy city. Upon closer inspection, we're both spreading misinformation. Neither of us appear in the most overcast group eit... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 25th 2015

This morning we awoke already tied to the pier in Ketchikan Alaska. Well that was the 2ndtime we awoke. At 3:45 the alarm woke us for Janet to go to register for Yoga. And the cliffhanger answer is ….. YES she did get up and try, but NO she was unsuccessful because the class was already filled. So this next couple of months she may find something different to occupy her mornings. Jim and Kathy thought we were meeting them for breakfast at 6:00 and we thought 6:30, so today they went up to the buffet first and we took over using their table after they had finished eating. It was very crowded in the Horizon Court this morning because all the excursions were pretty early in the morning. Naturally everyone wanted to eat before going ... read more
Log Rolling
Kathy & Jim
Jim in Clan House

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan June 21st 2015

Backpacking in the Inside Passage We now headed to Alaska, dividing the trip into two parts, backpacking and ferry hopping for a month in the Inside Passage then car camping with the same small 2 person tent in the interior. Booking a vehicle on the Alaska Marine Highway is prohibitively expensive. Even bringing bikes would have paid for new bikes by journey’s end. We could have driven the Al Can highway one way and in retrospect, that might have been a good alternative. Much of the Inside Passage is not really oriented for backpackers and it took a few false starts to learn the ropes. Our roughest leg was the first stop, Ketchikan. Flying into Ketchikan at Night We flew into Ketchikan, the first major port for northbound cruises in the Inside Passage, in the evening ... read more
Waiting with our backpacks for tour
Formation in Misty Fjord

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan June 17th 2015

Sharon rose to take in the breathtaking early dawn view as we neared our port of call in Ketchikan. Just one week earlier we didn’t even venture off of the Noordam in this port due to the inclement weather. Well, the locals refer to it as liquid sunshine, and they monitor the liquid sunshine each year. And they measure what most locales quantify in inches with feet. Their record is just over sixteen feet or 203 inches. The monitor shows that it is possible that will be exceeded this year. The average is between ten and twelve feet per year! We caught a bite to eat in the Lido, with Sharon getting the French Toast which was quite good. The turkey bacon wasn’t quite crisp enough for her, again; although, when I finished it I must ... read more
Rain Sign
Statendam in Ketchikan

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan June 11th 2015

We awoke, skirting along the coast of Alaska towards Ketchikan, to find dreary inclement weather waiting for us ashore. The revised daily itinerary had pushed our arrival back two hours until noon, and there were a number of morning activities added to the day’s agenda. One was a Team Brain Teaser that we hoped to do well at: We won this challenge with our mother’s in Alaskan waters! Sharon went to mass while I worked on the blog. Later we went to breakfast in the Lido and I had my Swiss Muesli and an eggs Benedict; while, Sharon had her scrambled eggs with turkey bacon and potatoes. Except for the turkey bacon, our breakfasts have been much better this trip in the Lido than in the dining room. The Lido however makes the turkey bacon come ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan September 1st 2014

“HIPCRIME You committed one when you opened this book. Keep it up. It’s our only hope. “ – The Hipcrime Vocab Chad C Mulligan I write this on the very jerky Amtrak Cascade train on the way to Vancouver. That is why my typing is so shaky and misshapen. We leave on a train that runs parallel to the harbour between the city and the foreshore. As we pass I noticed no burghers of Seattle with signs demanding the track be torn up. Seattle has been great but jet lag has put a dampener on our stay here, particularly as we walked so far on that first day. Acclimatising is about more than adjusting to the weather. Some observations about America (based upon a scientific study lasting 5 days) · They tend to like ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan June 13th 2014

Woken up by the Captain's announcement this morning telling us that we were all fixed and on our way to Ketchikan (even though we were there when we actually had taken off). As usual, the announcement was told, then repeated - word for word..... Arriving 5 hours late due to late departure and all shore excursions had been cancelled - not a problem for us but some others would be mortified as today was going to be one of several peoples highlight trips. Bugger.... But as the captain said (twice) - safety is our paramount decision...... At sea for most of the day but in the inner passage now - tight bits everywhere, along with whales and porpoise. Interesting views, then a message that says that some of the excursions are back on - hmm, not ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 23rd 2013

Each time we heard the ding dong over the past few days we braced ourselves for the news. The ding dong was followed by the captain of the millineum updating the crew and guests about our fate. Organising some 2000 people off this ship was an enormous job. 30 staff were flown in from Miami to assist with the task. Trust me it got ugly several times. Guests were angry and frustrated. The refund was not enough we all wanted to get off and go to our final destinations. We were given promises and then they were taken away as quick as they were given. Having said this I must once again say that the crew and staff are so friendly and helpful. The ship is great and if the problems with the motor haven't have ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 22nd 2013

Day 8 of our Alaska journey starts with a dose of reality. A cruise ship has been stranded in Ketchikan for several days, and as a result, we will be tendering to shore. There have been several cruise ship mechanical issues in recent months, and this is another on the growing list. However, we tendered to shore, located the visitor center, and completed a walking tour which included three excellent museums and some salmon-watching. The first museum had a focus on the development by settlers who came to the area in the early 1900's. The second museum was more historical and explained the totem pole messages and cultural significance. The third museum was the National Park Service museum. The telescope view into creek street waters was a different perspective than at street level. There were interactive ... read more
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