Ketchikan – 7 September 2017

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After predictions of rain we wake to find clearing skies as we sailed the Tongass Narrows. Our journey was so good that we arrived early in Ketchikan. After breakfast we bought tickets at the tour desk for the Lumberjack show and then met Kathryn again for a walking tour of Ketchikan which was a good introduction. Again we took our photos for the scavenger hunt and somehow had to add ourselves to this statue. Yes I’m the bag lady, just missing the hat.

We were lucky with the weather as Ketchikan is known as the rain capital of Alaska averaging 153 inches per year and has a Liquid Sunshine Gauge to prove it.

We also walked through the Creek Street historical area where all of the houses are built of stilts as the ground was too rocky. This area is where the ladies of ill repute lived and worked and we saw this great sign.
There is also a salmon ladder to assist the salmon swimming upstream. We took the funicular up to Cape Fox Lodge for the last photo which is a meeting of various animals in a circle of totem poles. I hope the food in the restaurant was good because the coffee we lined up for and bought was the worst we have ever tasted and was thrown straight in the bin. YUK!!!!


Back into town we walked back to the pier as the meeting place and then headed back to the Lumberjack Show. Lots of walking today but that was not needed. The Lumberjack show was a fun way to spend an hour or so and our section of the audience was cheering for the US team who won the competition against Canada.

When the show finished we headed next door to the Alaska Fish House where I had Bering Sea Cod and chips and Glenn enjoyed crab legs. A little more wandering about and shopping for the end of season bargains before going back to the ship. The ladies from the on board spa met us as we came back on board with specials for tomorrow so it didn’t take much for us both to book massages and a facial for me as the reduced prices.

We had time for a rest before the tour group formal dinner at 7:45pm and a group of us then enjoyed the show tonight. It was comedian Chris Pendleton who was very talented not only with her comedy routine but also could play the fiddle. We had to put our clocks forward an hour tonight so with the clock striking midnight it was time for bed.


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