Our Final Day in Wrangell

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Eying the berry

We have really enjoyed our stay in Wrangell.  It is a peaceful town with a population equal to a small college.  We were recognized as visitors because everyone knows everybody else in town.  The day started out rainy, but by midday the rain had stopped, so we ventured out to take advantage of “tax free” day.  Once a year Wrangell eliminates all taxes and many shops also reduced prices by 25%, so it was the day to shop.  Unlike other port cities on the inside passage Wrangell has not succumbed to the cruise industry.  They refused to give profits to the cruise ships or allow them to open shops.  The only shopping is in the everyday Wrangell stores.  We picked up a few items and then checked out our usual haunts, Petroglyph Beach and Shakes Island.

The eagles were scarce in those areas so we returned to the trailer to find the eagle hanging out there.  Behind the house across the street from the campground was a jetty where many eagles were perched waiting for scraps from the cannery on shore.  Wanting to get down there, Fred knocked on the door of the house and asked permission to go down to the beach.  The owner was so pleased that we actually asked permission, she said sure.  Apparently people just go down and sit on their property without asking.  When her husband returned home from work, he is a fisherman, Fred thanked him as well.  As we were closing down the trailer, the husband came over with a bag of steamed Dungeness crabs.  We have never had these before, so we ate half at the ferry terminal before leaving.  We saved the others for tomorrow.  Tonight is our overnight on the ferry to Juneau.

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Eying the berry
Eying the berry
Got the berry
Got the berry
Looking out from Petroglyph Beach
Looking out from Petroglyph Beach
Looking south from the ferry dock
Looking south from the ferry dock
Shaggy juvenile
Shaggy juvenile
Eagle in the campground
Eagle in the campground
Here comes our ferry
Here comes our ferry
Wrangell
photo by: vances