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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Ketchikan, Alaska.

Our first stop on the cruise was the town of Ketchikan...beware, lots of photos to follow :-)!
We woke to find that the ship had docked while we were still asleep...the view from our cabin. It felt so surreal. After 1 1/2 days sailing, we were in Alaska...all misty, with the air so fresh and clean and it was so eerily quiet as we looked out.

The view from the other side...

 Standing on the wharf...it was a mite chilly.

 I wanted a photo taken near one of the many big pots of petunias that dotted the wooden sidewalks.
We wandered along the streets...a tribute to miners...
 Everywhere, signs proclaimed Ketchikan as the 'salmon Capital of the World'; including this big arch!
 Looking back towards the wharf...
 Looking along the appropriately named Dock St.

 We wandered past shops selling souvenirs, jewellery and a number of stores selling clothing made from fur, including... ahem...fur underwear!

 I declined the offer to have a closer look at these items...we walked on!
An old wooden church...

 We saw an arcade and decided to walk through...DH found a bear.
 At the end of the arcade was a Taxidermist's shop. He had samples of his work on display...
 We were working our way to the large totem pole pictured in this next photo. Apparently just beyond this totem pole was a shop called The Hive...a yarn shop.
 While the others checked out a bookstore I browsed the yarn shop shelves which had brands we see in Australia such as Noro...the lady working in the store directed me to a shelf of hand dyed in Alaska yarns...that was what I was interested in.
I bought 3 skeins...two as gifts for friends and those 2 have already been given away. I was thrilled with my purchases as the yarn is gorgeous. 
Next stop for all of us was the museum.

Naturally I had to stop an admire more potted colour which was outside the museum!
Just a few photos of some of the exhibits. Totems from the local area...
A lovely old cot quilt in crazy patchwork...

There was a large historical display of the local fishing industry and I loved the motto from the old cannery; ' We eat what we can, and can what we can't'.
After our visit to the museum, we went for a walk along the wooden boardwalk along and over the creek which flows through the town. It was rather exciting as we could see salmon in the creek.
Then we noticed that some of the fish were dead. Some were in the water and others were left high and dry on the banks of the creek.

I found out later that the dead salmon are a natural part of the cycle...they swim upstream to spawn and then after that, they will die. But look what swimming upstream entails...


After a while at this first stop in Alaska, we started to piece together the major elements of the history of the area...gold mining, fishing, timber felling, lots of men living a tough life...lots of drinking and the inevitable 'red light district'. Yep! A lot of the history of Ketchikan concerned some of the women who ran these houses...it would seem some became quite rich and reasonably powerful. Along the boardwalk were the old brothels, now shops etc.

More views from the boardwalk...
 We saw a funicular but it wasn't running...


Now making our way around to the waterfront again...

It was time to board our ship again...
 The Coral Princess was moored behind us...


And the Volendam was in port also...
Later, as our ship was leaving port, DH took some photos...




And that was our first taste of Alaska.

5 comments:

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful area and an enjoyable way to see it. I love the hand dyed yarn you bought. Your two friends are very lucky!

barbara woods said...

I though for a minute that you had samon down where you live, glad you can to visit, I live in n.west Ga.

margaret said...

you certainly crammed in a lot on your visit and so much is interesting to those of us will never go there have loved going on this journey with you from my kitchen

allotmentadventureswithjean said...

Wonderful pics Maria. A town with an interesting history. Once thing that took my eye was the buildings on the boardwalk, the ones on stilts, very much like our own houses on stilts in Brisbane. Enjoy your trip.

allotmentadventureswithjean said...

Maria I should have said houses on Stumps. A friend reminded me of that once, "No Jean, they are stumps!"