Blogs from Ketchikan, Alaska, United States, North America - page 5


North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 8th 2012

Ketchikan was an interesting town and unique town. The driver to our excursion gave us a brief history of the town. It's the fourth largest town in Alaska with an average population of 13,000 - 14,000. The whole island is 160 miles around with one road throughout the whole town. The road does not connect to loop around the island it just deadends. Most of the town is built on pilings and it rains 300 days a year. The most rain they received in a given year was in 1949 with 202 inches. The fishing industry is pretty large on the island and equates to 1 in 10 jobs. Since Ketchikan is an island the only way to get on and off the island is by boat. The State Ferry is used by islanders to get ... read more
Ketchikan - Creek Rd (2)
Ketchikan Zipline & Ropes (9)

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan July 20th 2012

20th July ’12 Ketchikan A grey, rainy, blustery day and we have arrived in Ketchikan - The Salmon Capital of the World. We are moored up right along the Front Street in the old historic town, which is…. yes you guessed it, lined with jewellery stores and souvenir shops! Again we got off and ran the gauntlet of stalls and people holding signs offering tours at lower prices than the ship. We started the hunt for the coins and charms and found the stores had given up completely on trying to get you to try on or buy their wares, which was a godsend. In one shop they were selling lots of Sarah Palin election promotion items like fridge magnets and postcards saying things like Run Sarah Run! 2012 election and Sarah says I can see ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan June 22nd 2012

We've been sailing all night through the Strait of Georgia with Vancouver Island to the west. It rained a bit last night. We spent the entire day at sea. The dinner last night was one of the two "Let's play dress up" dinners for the cruise. It was a very nice evening and a fine dining experience. Marilyn popped for some excellent wine and we all had a very good evening. We hit a couple of bars with some entertainment and had a blast. Thank God we picked up another hour in moving northwest toward Ketchikan over night. The ship arrived in Ketchikan at 6:30 AM. As usual, I was up at 5:00 AM to watch the sunrise and arrival into Ketchikan. Ketchikan is a cute little fishing town with mountains all around. I knew that ... read more
At The Formal Dinner
Jan And I, Too.
Arriving in Ketchikan

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan June 17th 2012

Friday June 15, 2012 Three’s a Crew Kira is returning with us and we are a crew, older and more experienced seamen that on our voyage together last year. With only a captain and an admiral giving orders we need a boatswain (pronounced bo’sun) to the things bo’suns do, like help carry provisions down to the ship and perhaps calm the angry birds. This is the first airplane flight that she can remember finding novelty and excitement in all she sees including the nifty little tables that fold up against the seat in front. She brought crafts, activities and drawing pads intent on using them all on our 1 ¾ hour flight to Ketchikan. I probably should have hailed a taxi for the one-mile trek from the ferry landing to Bar ... read more
Eagle on the steeple
Rainy Day

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan June 9th 2012

Well, peeps - after eleventy hundred hours of travel, I am writing to you from the lovely Inn at the Creek in Ketchikan (Ke-tchi-kan) Alaska - green and cool, the Inn is surrounded by snow topped mountains, which to this plains grrl seem very sharply faced and seemingly endless. The Inn sits on wooden pylons along the Creek and once hosted the Red Light District - filled with tourist spots, it focuses on rogering of another kind now. The trip was uneventful, and suprisingly pleasant (even the attempt a paleo meals was rather good - and hot and served sooner than others!) - thank you my 'sister' Lyndall for getting me aisle seats - much appreciated. So far, so good barring a couple of discombobulations, which I will share with you as a lesson on what ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan June 9th 2012

Trip to Alaska Part Two – June 2012 – Ketchikan to Juneau Intro This is the second of a three part series and focuses on our trip through the western passage from Ketchikan to Juneau. Part One focused on our trip to Ketchikan through the eastern passage, and Part Three will focus on our “bookend” stays in Juneau, with a little bit about our partial day layover in Ketchikan. I will insert a link to Part Three once it is written. As you read this, you will see photos embedded with the text. Continue on after reading to see several more photos. 9 June 2012 – Ketchikan We arrived in Ketchikan on a beautiful sunny day! That is not something you will hear very often for the city that averages 13 feet of rain a year. ... read more
Transiting from Ketchikan
El Capitan Passage
Rain Forest along the Logging Road

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan May 26th 2012

Saturday May 26, 2012 Ketchikan After posting a blog at Safeway we walked South to the "downtown" area of Ketchikan where the cruise ships tie up. There were four more in today and I hear they come in everyday all summer - in in the morning and out in the afternoon. We mingled with the passengers along streets full of gift shops, jewelry shops with hawkers at every door inviting us in. A boardwalk lined with shops was built out over a tumbling river where people can watch salmon spawning and bears eating them in season. We ate lunch at Annabelle's, which had a 19th century boom town atmosphere and good food. It's raining and blowing pretty hard so not many people are going in or out for the local fishing derby. Sunday May 27, 2012 ... read more
boardwalk in Ketchikan

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan May 22nd 2012

INSIDE PASSAGE, ALASKA As you cruise north from Vancouver the landscape gives way to miles and miles of wilderness. Vancouver is a very densely populated city, but British Columbia as a whole is not. Except for the occasional tugboat pulling a raft of logs or a Ferry transporting passengers and their vehicles the horizon before us is clear. Clear, clean and beautiful. Snow-capped peaks fringe the narrow passage ahead and the shores are an immense forest of lush green trees. Alaska's first city is our destination. Ketchikan is billed as the salmon capital of the world and the whole city is waiting for us to arrive. We are the on the first cruise to Alaska of the season for Princess and the first to arrive at the dock on this Monday morning. We are the first ... read more
Lotta Gold

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan May 21st 2012

Ketchikan, Alaska, the salmon capitol of the world! This is where they film "Deadliest Catch" and there are lots of fishing boats in port. It's a little chilly today, but it's actually pretty nice out, at least for Ketchikan. Ketchikan gets 152 inches of rain per year, and lucky for us, today is one of the few exceptions! The locals keep telling us this is positively beautiful summer weather (high of 59 F) and it doesn't get much better than this! It is a little misty, but the sun is breaking out and since we're going out on the water, it really doesn't matter much if we get wet. Did I mention we are going to driving our own Zodiac boat? The owners of the Zodiac place have a little female pug named Zoey who greets ... read more
Cap'n Cecil takes his job seriously!
Bald Eagle
Whale tail

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan September 23rd 2011

Arrived late in ketchikan- around 10:30. Our excursion for Misty Fjords was cancelled due to bad weather. It was very rocky and foggy. Walked around town a little with Toni, Jack and Ron. they went to the library for the internet and i shopped a little, bought a disposable camera, and back to ship. Cocktail party for silver, gold and platinum. Jorge, F and B manager, got me a bag of rice so i am trying to cure my camera. Had several group pics done by the photographer before we ate. Dinner with the whole gang in Le Bistro and that restaurant will never be the same. The laughs just kept coming and dinner was exquisite. Saw Second City show after that and off to bed. ... read more

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