It's raining Again but I got a new coat!

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nearing Ketchikan, it was already a dreary day

Due to sunrise at 4:57am, was awoken to the scenery of snow covered mountains west of us and then pine trees nestled below them as if on tiny islands. Our view was the Tongass National Forest and even though the weather was chilly, overcast and rainy, I couldn't sleep now! We docked into Ketchikan around 6:30am and went up to the Horizon Court for a breakfast of hash-browns, strawberry pancakes, pear, scrambled eggs and ham. What a combo! Out on the deck to take pictures, it was very windy and rainy, with the temperature about 43 degrees F. Ketchikan is known as the "Salmon capitol of the world" and it also has the highest zip code in the States at 99950.

Part of the Tongass National Forest


We were ready for our 1st excursion on a chartered bus called the First City Deluxe Tour and our guide was Janelle. The 1st stop being the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Upon arrival, the place wasn't ready for us so we had to waste 5 minutes until getting our tickets. We got a guided tour and entered a makeshift, "Tongass National Forest" where we learned about the flora, fauna and trees and animals that live here. He also told us the difference between Grizzly bears and Brown bears being grizzlies hunt and run on land to catch animals whereas brown bears are more coastal; eating fish and salmon. Speaking of salmon, there was a set-up of how it's smoked. He also told us about the Tlingit tribe and that the 1st cruise ships arrived in Ketchikan in 1900.
dreary day in Ketchikan

Next stop was to the Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center. Still raining, we walked to the center and outside but a covered area were 2 Bald Eagles who were injured in the wild and now live here. Aurora was 11 lbs and Chalk was 15 lbs and both were beauties! We were then led to the salmon pools and the stream. There are 6 different types of Salmon: Sock-eye, King, Pink (which isn't processed and is smoked), and 3 others which I can't remember, sorry. We were then led into a room with chairs and a table with salmon spread (very good), crackers and drinks. We sat while a man did a presentation with 2 birds of prey: a hawk and an owl. It was the owl's 1st presentation but he did pretty well. Only tried to fly away 4 times. lol We were supposed to get our picture taken with one of the birds, but we didn't.
Our ship docked in Ketchikan
Not sure why, but not even a mention or explanation of why we didn't. The description for this tour said we would, so we left a little disappointed but still was a nice presentation.

Still raining heavily, we walked over to the TOTEM  HERITAGE CENTER which housed some original 18th century totem poles that weren't painted and a young man of Tlingit descent explained them to us, along with the expression "low man on the totem pole". These poles were retrieved from abandoned villages. We were allowed to take pictures without a flash. Besides the poles there were other things on display; like masks, a beautiful red and black jacket and things made and used by the Tlingit tribes.

Our last stop was the SAXMAN NATIVE VILLAGE in which was now a torrential downpour.
trying out the panorama feature on my camera
We walked around to briefly see the totem poles; especially one with an embarrassed man with red ears, known as the Seward "shame" pole; to which our guide talked about. He sat way atop a pole. There is also an Abraham Lincoln pole. We took quick pictures and browsed the gift shop before heading back to the bus and to the port. There was a great gift/tourist shop called SOCK EYE SAM'S that had great bargains like reversible coats that were advertised for $20, good selection of jewelry and even Alaska scrapbooking sets! I ended up buying a light pink reversible jacket, Ketchikan die-cuts and stickers ($5.98), Alaska 12 by 12 kit ($14.00) and Beaver Butt soap! Yes, there were soaps with different scents of animals. My total ended up being $38 with my coat being $11! What a bargain! I had a waterproof jacket but it was thin and I needed a new winter coat anyways.
our 1st stop
hehe Back to the ship around 1pm and we went straight to the dining room for lunch.

We sat with a couple from St. Louis and a couple (California) from the Cruise Critic message boards roll call! It seemed to take a while for our entrees which I got spaghetti and salad. After lunch, Bernie went to a computer class while I caught some line dancing and attended a port talk on Juneau and Skagway. Then time to eat again! How I love cruises! We chatted with our dinner mates while eating escargot, (tasted like mushrooms and was excellent!) french onion soup, Caesar salad, duck in an orange sauce with a potato and dessert was raspberry creme brulee. This was one of my favorite meals on the ship! The show in the Universe Lounge was pretty decent called "Tribute" and performed songs from the Beatles, Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra and Madonna.

euphemy says:
I bet I sure could, along with the bear breath soap I should had also gotten! lol
Posted on: Jun 19, 2008
vances says:
I've hear you can work up a dam nice lather with that Beaver Butt Soap...no butts about it.

An awesome day!
Posted on: Jun 19, 2008
euphemy says:
Haha, Yes that is true, Marit. :)
Posted on: Jun 16, 2008
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nearing Ketchikan, it was already …
nearing Ketchikan, it was already…
Part of the Tongass National Forest
Part of the Tongass National Forest
dreary day in Ketchikan
dreary day in Ketchikan
Our ship docked in Ketchikan
Our ship docked in Ketchikan
trying out the panorama feature on…
trying out the panorama feature o…
our 1st stop
our 1st stop
a Tongass Forest replica at the So…
a Tongass Forest replica at the S…
traditional Native fish camp exhib…
traditional Native fish camp exhi…
salmon display
salmon display
another display
another display
Ketchikan from the center
Ketchikan from the center
cute sign in the womans bathroom
cute sign in the woman's bathroom
Walmart is not allowed to be in do…
Walmart is not allowed to be in d…
2nd stop was the Hatchery
2nd stop was the Hatchery
2 bald eagles: Aurora and Chalk
2 bald eagles: Aurora and Chalk
Aurora the eagle
Aurora the eagle
Chalk is bigger of the 2
Chalk is bigger of the 2
Aurora again
Aurora again
salmon hatchery
salmon hatchery
hawk want to fly away
hawk want to fly away
presenting the hawk
presenting the hawk
A man has an hawk on his arm whil…
I present the owl
I present the owl
hes glad to be done
he's glad to be done
owl
owl
how cute
how cute
Original 18th century totem poles …
Original 18th century totem poles…
another original
another original
beautiful jacket
beautiful jacket
masks of the northwest coast
masks of the northwest coast
explanation of the totem poles
explanation of the totem poles
Saxman Totem Village
Saxman Totem Village
Saxman totem pole
Saxman totem pole
Seward shame pole: the embarrass…
Seward "shame" pole: the embarras…
Saxman
Saxman
Abraham Lincoln pole
Abraham Lincoln pole
entrance to Saxman Village
entrance to Saxman Village
last stop
last stop
cool totem pole
cool totem pole
totem pole
totem pole
one of my favorite purchases!
one of my favorite purchases!
Ketchikan
photo by: Hummingbird