1st stop -Ketchikan
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This was a good place to begin our travels thru the Inside Passage. An exciting beginning with a lumberjack show and a hike thru the rainforest sanctuary. (I know, I was surprised to hear Alaska had a rainforest too). The Great Alaskan Lumberjack show is comical and physically impressive (and it doesn't hurt that some of the guys are hot either...wow!). Two teams go thru a series of events, the Dawsons Creek (really?) Candanian Camp and the Spruce Mill American camp. They compete to see who can saw thru a log the fastest, hit the bulleye with an ax, climb some polls, and log roll. There was come comic relief with the log roll, he fell wrong...ouch! And as an intermission, a little lumberjack art! He starts out trying to make a bunny with a chainsaw and gets a little overzealous...well the bunny dies and becomes a chair instead.
The hike thru the Rainforest Sanctuary led us on a trail to track bear markings. We did get to see a black bear from a distance for just a little while. There were dozens of bald eagles at the Eagle Habitat squawking at us. And a petting yard with reindeer to feed, but they weren't very hungry. The tour ended with a video and walk thru of an old saw mill and a talk with totem pole carver, Wayne Hewson. The progress of his poles are tracked online. It takes months to carve just one pole.