Sunday 1 July 2012

Summer Break - Day 3: Ketchikan

We were all up early this morning as we sailed into our first port of call Ketchikan, Alaska, USA. Straight off the boat and we were whisked away to board a flight over the Misty Fjords on a float plane. Some amazing sights and we were lucky enough to be able to have the mist clear for 10 minutes so that we could land on a mountain lake.

Lucky for us we had the rest of the day to explore Ketchikan so after our flight we headed to the Potlash Totem Park to view some of the historical totem poles that had been salvaged from Ketchikan. Amazing craft work in the carving of these massive trees. Just next door was a Bald Eagle recovery centre and Salmon Hatchery so we checked out those too.

 A rainy day meant that we needed to find some shelter, so what better place than the shops. You can bet that Frank, Greg and the boys were impressed. It was a cold, bitter day even though it was summer but we managed to brave it covered in our thermals, trackies and jackets. We took the "Married Man's Path" - home to past brothels to Creek Street - shops that are basically built on poles above a creek. Lots of little trinket shops to attract the tourists, but interesting all the same.

Santa's place in the North Pole is not too far from Ketchikan and Santa and Mrs Claus like to visit their on their Summer Holidays so we dropped in for a visit with Santa at the Christmas shop. Lucky us.

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