A relatively fine day today, no need for the thermals! In fact only a t-shirt!
We arrived in Ketchikan around 10am and were able to walk straight into town. Again a compact city with everything you could need.
I decided on a trip out to the totem pole museum, however it was already booked up, so I decided to walk through town and discover the sights. I walked following Main Street, then turned left and followed the road under the welcome to Ketchikan sign and on to creek street. It was named creek because it ran alongside a salmon filled creek.
I’ve never seen so many salmon in my life it was chock full of salmon swimming up towards really big rapids and leaping up, rock by rock, rapid by rapid, most of them black and grey, some turning bright pink as they began an early spawning and still others turning white as they tired, and many who simply gave up and died. I had learned in Juneau that this was the natural way of things. The salmon swim upstream to spawn, some make it mant don’t. Those that do manage to lay and fertilise their eggs before dieting a few days later themselves. The cycle begins anew when the baby salmon hatch a swim to the sea, until once again the urge to spawn begins again. Fascinating.
Then off to the Tongaas museum to discover details about the local natives, Klinkas and Tongaas. There were so many artefacts, and a lovely elderly tribes woman who gave us a lecture on the way life used to be and how it is today.
On leaving the museum I came across a bus… A free bus that drove around downtown, took 20minutes all round and do you know it went from the docks through the main town, out to the TOTEM POLE museum, where I wanted to go in the first place and all for free!!! Cool.
So off I hopped at the museum and watched a few native people create a new totem pole. They explained the whole process and told us some story’s about the raven and other main animal totems of their tribe. Then I had to hurry, the ship was going to leave at 6 and it was 4.30 now.
The free bus took me back to the dock. The Princess Sapphire, Princess.
Coral, Holland America’s Volendam and Norwegian Jewel were docked all in a line all very big and waiting for their passengers.
Once on board I jumped in the shower then wandered along the decks as we set sail. Tonight we cross into Canadian waters and then another sailing day ahead. It’s off to dinner then I may just have to have an early night tonight… Maybe not, we will see what the night brings!