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Ketchikan

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  • Day18

    Ketchikan

    September 16 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    As expected it’s raining in Ketchikan, oh and a little chilly. We docked at 10am so a leisurely breakfast before we rug up and disembark.
    We’ve booked to see the Lumberjack show. So once we avoid all the puddles and rain we make it to the venue. The show is very entertaining and has us in stitches. There’s hundreds of people in the bleaches so we wait for them to disperse before we leave. Mum starts to chat to the compare and drops the name - Jack O’Toole. For those playing along at home Jack is the Australian champion woodchopper from the 60’s & his son & grandson are champions as well. Jack was Mums Mums cousin....
    Anyway all the Lumberjacks came running over to meet mum because Jack O’Toole’s relative from Australia has come to see their show.
    These men were excited, one even hugged mum he was so excited. They all wanted a photo with mum, YOHO.
    One young man was from Tamworth and was overwhelmed because there was someone from Australia with logging history talking to him.... I’d say he was a little home sick.

    We leave and head down to Creek Street, the famous houses on stilts. There’s too many tourists so we have a quick look then head to the local cafe. I’d looked the cafe up earlier and thought how appropriate and we’ll have to make time to go.
    Pioneer Cafe is significant on two counts in my eyes
    1. It’s a traditional diner and there’s not many of them left
    2. Dad worked for Ansett Pioneer so the last hoora before our trip ends.

    Lachlan can’t get over the fact that the drinks keep getting topped up and it doesn’t cost extra. Tea, coffee & soft drinks that are bottomless.... 😳
    Mum orders “Shrimp & French Fries”. Lachlan an “Alaska Burger & French Fries” & I get a cheese burger with mushrooms & a side of fries. Lachlan’s burger is nearly as big as his head and did an awesome job at eating it. The staff smile every time they walk past. I don’t think they thought he’d finish it.
    We start to wander back to the ship and surprise, surprise the heavens open up. We’d had enough of the tourist shops so the quicker we get back the better. We’re a little wet and one umbrella didn’t survive the wind so that’s been donated to the local rubbish bin.
    Back on the ship to dry out and relax. We sail this afternoon & tomorrow then disembark the day after. Enjoying every moment of this trip.

    Wonder what the poor people are doing 💙
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  • Day9

    Ketchikan - Early Morning Arrival

    August 16 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    An early morning arrival sailing through the Tongass Narrows to the Salmon capitol of Alaska. This town is very seasonal with the main industries of fishing and tourism. There are big canneries here for the salmon.
    Ketchikan is on a rocky island and hosts several cruise ships each day. Today we are berthed at a sea mooring and tender into the dock.Read more

  • Day9

    Fish Creek, Ketchikan

    August 16 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We follow the path through town, through Whale Park and following the Married Man's Trail along Fish Creek. Just like the name suggests, this is a salmon spawning river with a salmon ladder to assist the fish over a small waterfall. The river is teeming with salmon who will all ultimately die after spawning.Read more

  • Day9

    Cliff Tunnel, Ketchikan

    August 16 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    The original application to build this tunnel through the cliff failed. During WW2, funding was reapplied for - to build a bomb shelter - and it was granted. The cliff hangs above the water. a tunnel was drilled for vehicles, but water still flows beneath the rock.

  • Day40

    Ketchikan

    August 30 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Ketchikan ist die Lachshauptstadt der Welt, außerdem die erste Stadt in Alaska und der regenreichste Ort in Alaska.
    Am Vormittag nochmal die Natur vorbeigleiten lassen und Anfahrt auf den Hafen vom Helikopterdeck genießen. Dann geht es wieder in die Natur in den Tonga-Regenwald mit Zedern, Western Hemlock, Lachs, Adlern, verschiedenen Vögeln und Schwarzbären. Wir haben sogar eine Bärenmama mit ihrem ca. 5 Monate altem Kind gesehen. Das ist kein Zoo gewesen, auch wenn es sich ein bisschen so angefühlt hat. Am Ende noch ein Sonnenuntergang und springende Fische.Read more

  • Day18

    Ketchikan

    July 18 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Ketchikan kommt vom Tlingit-Indianer-Wort „Kitschk-Hin“ und heisst soviel wie „thundering wings of an eagle“. Deshalb findet man auch diese übergrosse Holzskulptur unten auf der Hauptstrasse des Ortes unseres letzten Landganges.

    Wie Juneau ist auch Ketchikan durch seine Insellage nur mit Fähre und Flugzeug zu erreichen. Alles muss auf diesen beiden Transportwegen „importiert“ werden. Unser indianischer Stadtführer sagte denn auch trefflich: „The only things we produce are salmon and babies.“

    Tatsächlich hat der 8´000-Seelen-Ort keine Goldvergangenheit, weil hier schlicht kein Gold gefunden wurde. Er wurde 1883 gegründet, indem hier ein Mann namens Snow eine Salm-Einsalzungs-Anlage gebaut hat.

    Heute legen - ähnlich wie in Juneau - täglich mehrere Kreuzfahrtschiffe an, dies z. T. unmittelbar neben der Hauptstrasse, wie das Bild unten eindrücklich zeigt. Auch hier werden noch dieses Jahr 1,2 Millionen Menschen den Ort besucht haben.

    Nach der Stadtführung am Morgen ging‘s am Nachmittag in den Regenwald. Dort bekamen wir in einem Fluss auch Harbour seals zu sehen, und in einem Heim für verletzte Vögel konnten wir auch einen Bald eagle von nahe betrachten.
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  • Day5

    KETCHIKAN, ALASKA, USA

    May 29, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    5.30 am alarm and a quick breakfast in the Lido as we docked at the quaint, first frontier, little town of Ketchikan. Ketchikan is known for its rain and it didn't disappoint. Our bus collected us for our trip and we saw bald eagles in the fields en route not a major wild life spot in these parts as there are as many bald eagles as people! We were greeted by our friendly kayak hosts, kitted up and used the rest rooms which were 'rural' with a curtain for a door. The kayak centre was in a rural spot and we were only a small group and it was good to get away from the cruise crowds and sample the delights of rural Alaska. We had a fast zodiac boat ride to the beach were our kayaks were waiting for us. More kitting up and a briefing from our guides Billy and Terry and we were on the water. It was both tranquil and scenic, there was one harbour seal spotted, more eagles and a star fish. We paddled around the remote Tatoosh isands, the water became a little more choppy when we were on the open sea side in the final section of the trip. We had some dry weather but the rain started again as we beached the kayaks and we were very glad of the shelter, home made cookies and hot chococlate. The rain didn't ease as we boarded the zodiac in fact it turned to hail and we were all pretty wet and cold by the time we got back. We boarded the bus and were pleased to be somewhere warm and dry. Once back at the ship we had a quick change of clothes and headed out to 'do' Ketchikan.

    In town first thing on the list was a warm cup of coffee then we started our tour of the town. We visited the compact Whale Park with its Knox Brothers clock and Chief Kyan Totem Pole (Ketchikan is the town with the most totem poles in Alaska), we saw St John's Episcopal Church, Creek Street which was once the rowdy, red light district of town and is home to Dolly's House, Dolly was the town's most successful madam! We of course did a little retail therapy but stayed out of all the diamond and jewels establishments!

    The ship set off around 3 pm, the weather was good so we sat on our balcony to enjoy the scenery and do some wild life spotting, we saw a group of 4 either seals or porpoises. We then went to a entertaining talk called Dreamers, Schemers and Stampeders which highlighted some of the colourful characters who lived here especially in the gold rush era.

    We dined with a couple from San Francisco and two girls from Toronto who were very amusing and entertaining.
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  • Day20

    Ketchikan, AK

    September 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Have travelled south overnight to the port of Ketchikan for an 11am arrival. It's a much larger town based around the fishing and timber industries as well as tourism. We are the 5th ship in port today and can't dock until after 1:45pm. People who have earlier shore excursions have to use the tenders to go ashore. Ours is this afternoon, so we wait for the docking.

    The port is a hive of activity with float planes and helicopters buzzing between the cruise ships. All manner of sea craft go to and fro on this waterway. Ketchikan gets the most rainfall in Alaska. It is fine and sunny this morning.

    A large portion of the waterfront properties in Ketchikan are built on stilts over the water - there is so little land that can actually be built on as the mountains rise steeply so quickly. Property is quite expensive here in Ketchikan because of this - so little land can be built on. An interesting fact we learn is that homes cannot be accessed by cars.....they are accessed by stairs and elevated timber pathways which are called streets and avenues.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Ketchikan, كيتشيكان, Keçingen, کچیکان، آلاسکا, קטציקן, KTN, ケチカン, Кетчикан, केचिकान, 99901, Кечикан, کٹچیکان، الاسکا, 克奇坎

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