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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 15th 2016

Monday, August 15th, 2016 Day 13: Ketchikan, Alaska - the salmon capital of the world! Ketchikan, is our last official stop in Alaska. It rains frequently in Ketchikan and today was no exception. Renata and I decided to spend the day at the nearby Saxman village. Ketchikan has the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles and many of them are found at Saxman Village. Some of the interesting facts we learned about totem poles is that inanimate objects are forbidden on totem poles and all of the figures must represent living beings. There are many different types of totem poles. There are clan crests, mortuary poles, story poles, memorial poles and house posts. There are even shame or ridicule poles. Some of the interesting totem poles that we saw were the Lincoln pole and Seward ... read more
Saxman Village
Saxman Village
Saxman Village

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan July 27th 2016

Ketchican – 27 July 2016 Ketchican is the most southwestern city in Alaska. With a population of over 8,250 within the city limits, it is the sixth most populous city in the state. It is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town. This is where we saw hundreds of salmon which had started ‘running’a week before we arrived. Fascination – but difficult to photograph!! During our full day in port at Ketchikan and because the town has the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles, we decided on the Saxman Village Tour to learn about the local first nation people of the area – the Tlingit group. We say a short video on the culture and history of the village and people. We then entered the Beaver Clan House where we saw a traditional ... read more
Arriving Ketchikan - it rains 275 days per year (1)
Ketchikan Duck Tour (2)

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan July 16th 2016

I can't believe the self guided portion of our trip is about over. We've had a fabulous 10 days with 3 nights in Juneau, 3 nights in Sitka, 3 nights in Ketchikan and one night on the Alaska State Ferry. We thought we might be ready for a guided trip figuring we would encounter some hassles along the way doing it ourselves, but it has been perfect and we have said many times how happy we are that circumstances pushed us to do the Inside Passage on our own. Today we fly to Anchorage (via Seattle) and tomorrow begin our Multi-sport adventure with World Outdoors. We are looking forward to meeting our group but feel fortunate to have had so many opportunities in the past 10 days to talk with Alaskans as well as many other ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan July 13th 2016

Ferry to Ketchikan and Sitka Adventures I now have a blog written on the last ferry from Juneau to Sitka on July 9th but never posted because I couldn't figure out how to paste it from Pages, and another written on July 10th on the blog site but never posted when it appeared the site shut down while I was trying to download pictures. I'm now trying writing on Notes and will hope I can paste this! We embarked on the MS Columbia, the largest ferry in the Alaska State Ferry fleet yesterday at 4:30 p.m. We are scheduled to arrive in Ketchikan at 2 p.m. We had brief stops in Petersburg and Wrangell but not long enough to get off the boat, but I was able to get a brief look at the towns from ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan July 6th 2016

Yesterday we visited our first port, Ketchikan. The sea was like glass and the weather overcast. Ketchikan yearly rainfall is measured in feet, not inches a year so overcast is good. We joined our group for a wildlife and seafood experience. Actually we were a group of six. I was surprised that they didn't cancel the tour but it was great for us. After a 30 minute bus ride, the six of us were dropped off at an interesting "resort". Located on the water, it has a few motel type rooms but the majority of accommodations were RV's and campers that were driven from all over and ferried over to the island. Some stay for a few days, many for the entire summer. We maneuvered a steep ramp and boarded an open sided boat. Our first ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan May 29th 2016

I did this one while out of range. Old news, it is. After one week, Kel only had a couple of hundred emails. Lucky! "We arrived in Ketchikan yesterday in the same kind of weather that we left. Sunshine. A bit chilly of an evening and in the morning. Beautiful days. However, they are a tad longer here. Sun rises here at 4.30 am and sets at 10 pm. You cannot have everything. The locals here are saying it is too warm for them. Anything above 70 Fahrenheit and they are all melting, sleeping on decks and verandahs hoping their insects do not carry them away. The Alaskan people we have met thus far are great. Really friendly. On arrival at the ferry wharf at Ketchikan, and without being asked, a lady from an opposite hotel ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan May 21st 2016

We have some friends who very well travelled across the globe. They are incredibly boring to listen to. Dull. Plus+++. I am concerned about falling into this category. Droning on. Hmmm. We are sharing a wee glass of sav. blanc from Sonora Ca., as we sit on our verandah. The ship, Mutanuska, is floating up the river in front of us. It is said to have 499 people on the manifest. We are boarding a vessel tomorrow that holds 76 passenger plus crew. Hmm. WHAT HAVE I DONE? But then, Kel survived on a boat with a number range of people from 3 to 8 over eight weeks so naff him. He'll just have to adapt. Tough bickies, Kel! Suck it up, Princess! (Demonic laugh haunts the air suddenly. Good times!) We have come via Seattle, ... read more

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

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