Finally a day to get some rest. We weren’t scheduled to arrive in Ketchikan until 1 PM, although we approached at 11:30 AM and started to dock shortly after noon.
I took some pictures as we arrived at Ward Cove.
And the old Alaska ferry means we have arrived.
I was considering not getting off today because of the need to take the shuttle, but I sucked it up and went ashore. I took this picture of the map inside the cruise terminal. The scan me literally takes you to a photo of the same thing.
I walked downtown and took a couple of photos of the Princess cruise ship and the crab tour boat. It looks like a purpose built boat for tours since it is soo small. Possible an old tug that was modified to look like a crab fishing boat.
I took a picture of the Welcome to Ketchikan sign.
I went to the Alaska Fish House for some salmon chowder. It was okay, but mostly potatoes, I really didn’t find much salmon in the chowder at all.
I walked along Creek Street. The tide was much higher than when I visited last week. In fact there was hardly any water in the creek last week at all. It allowed for some nice reflections in the water.
Since the tide was up the area that had a lot of weeds and rocks was now covered in water and there was a live fish where the dead one was last week.
I walked up to the fish ladder and enjoyed the fish running upstream.
Upstream I took some photos of the large number of salmon.
I walked past the totem heritage center. I went there a couple of years ago and it was excellent. I highly recommend it.
I walked upstream as much as I could, eventually the path ended. Still plenty of salmon in the stream.
A lot of Ketchikan is built on boardwalks. In fact some of the buildings are over the ocean.
A trolley in the road.
I took a picture of the Sea Witch so I could say Sea Witch….. it really is what Princess Cruise Line calls their logo.
Here you can see how the ocean is actually under the road…
I got the free shuttle back to the ship. One last photo of the ship docked.
Tonight at the solo traveler meeting we made white t-shirts with markers for tonight’s glow party. I tried my best to make a glacier with mountains on the front. The back I copied one of the Native American designs for an eagle. I messed it up a bit, but it still came out nice.
I had dinner tonight at Teppanyaki again. This time I had the beef and shrimp.
So the bad news was that tonight we had to change our clocks forward to Canada time…
I went to the glow party. It was nice, but not too many people out.
I happened to bump into someone (not literally) in my hallway mention the northern lights were visible. I rushed up and got a couple of shots with my phone. I didn’t think it was too useful to get the real camera since the ship was moving and it was obviously dark outside requiring a long exposure. If you use your imagination you can see some green tint. The exhaust gas from the ship got in the way of the really good area (that’s the purple stuff). In case you were wondering it was around midnight when I took the photos below. I especially liked that I could see the big dipper in the photos since it is on Alaska’s flag.