1st Port

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As we walked into town you see a large wooden bald eagle.

I awoke at 5:00 a.m. this morning as we finished cruising into port.  We had changed our clocks late last night to the Alaskan time, one hour back.  As they brought the ship to the dock at 6:30 am I woke my wife and we dressed and headed to breakfast.  The weather today was worse than yesterday and a pretty steady light rain fell, so we made sure we were as ready for it as we could be and after eating we made our way off the ship and walked into town.  Ours was the second of three cruise ships to dock today but we had the farthest north which meant a good long walk to downtown.  We took in the Tongass Historical Museum and Creek Street, which was a row of brothels in the early days, and now pimps jewelry and souvenirs, and finished with the Salmon ladder that assists salmon at getting back up the river if they are lucky enough to find their way into it.

Our first stop was the Tongass Historical Museum.
  The run was in progress and we could see lots of carcasses along the side of the creek of those that didn’t make it successfully and many more still trying to get up stream.  Sea gulls sat on rocks on the shore or just out of water in the stream waiting to eat more.  We even saw a couple of domestic cats getting a nibble too.  Not being shoppers we didn't care to go through all the shops, so we headed back to the ship and changed out of our wet clothes.  Being from a desert region, we don't have rain gear so a light windbreaker sprayed with Scotchguard proved to be not enough. 

After changing and warming up a little we headed for lunch at the buffet.  A small plate of fairly dull food.  So far, I have not been thrilled with the food.

This was a short stop in Ketchikan and before 2 pm the ship was pulling away from the dock and headed north again through the narrows.  I got a few shots of the beautiful scenery as we glided along and even watched a humpback whale as she blew and rolled along for a few minutes.   Unfortunately, I only got one shot and it isn’t the best.

My wife had another line dancing class to attend so we made our way aft to the showroom where they were held.  I watched as the class went through their lesson.  After finishing we strolled around the ship finding more things and places and getting a little more exercise to burn off the extra food we knew we'd be eating.  Back in our stateroom we read the daily "Patter" and tried to plan our evening.

Front Street Ketchikan in 1905.
  Dinner would be “Smart Casual” tonight and we had seen the menu for our dining room as we strolled today and decided it sounded pretty good so we tried to make reservations for 6:30 pm.  It was too late so we dressed and went down earlier to try and get a table.  We ended up with two other couples for a nice meal.  One couple was celebrating their 20th anniversary on this cruise and they were from Florida.  The other couple was from Iowa. 

We had planned to go to a comedy show at 8:15 but at just past 7:30 when we arrived there were no seats remaining so we tried to find something else to do.  We ended up listening to a jazz trio do some real oldies at the lounge section of the Bayou Cafe.  This group is great! 

At 10:15 pm there was a Country Hoedown at one Lounge where my wife wanted to try doing her line dancing.

Front Street 1908.
  That was a fun experience.  There were six cruise staff and a pop-rock band.  The few of the staff were fairly used to the line dances they were doing and the audience members who came to the dance floor tried to do a good job.  The band, not used to the songs they were playing had a much more difficult time with the songs, especially the male singer.  This was a group from the orient who played a pop rock style usually.  They had no experience with country music.    

We got to bed just before midnight.

shirlan says:
Great Place!
Posted on: Sep 26, 2009
WonderDog says:
Scooter think too much water! Roger go to park!
Posted on: Sep 26, 2009
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As we walked into town you see a l…
As we walked into town you see a …
Our first stop was the Tongass His…
Our first stop was the Tongass Hi…
Front Street Ketchikan in 1905.
Front Street Ketchikan in 1905.
Front Street 1908.
Front Street 1908.
Totems.
Totems.
Totems come in all sizes.
Totems come in all sizes.
Old town 1906.
Old town 1906.
Now we headed for Creek Street.
Now we headed for Creek Street.
Colorful
Colorful
Historic Walking Tour facts.
Historic Walking Tour facts.
The sign over the bridge that lead…
The sign over the bridge that lea…
The creek still has plenty of wate…
The creek still has plenty of wat…
And the salmon still are running. …
And the salmon still are running.…
More salmon
More salmon
And more
And more
And the old looking brothels that …
And the old looking brothels that…
They even have a funicular to get …
They even have a funicular to get…
I didnt see any fish in the creek…
I didn't see any fish in the cree…
In this part of the creek the salm…
In this part of the creek the sal…
A few found the ladder which was b…
A few found the ladder which was …
Unfotunately, not very many found …
Unfotunately, not very many found…
The ladder made the trip upstream …
The ladder made the trip upstream…
Easy slant up and back the other w…
Easy slant up and back the other …
At the top it let out into a much …
At the top it let out into a much…
As we returned to the ship we turn…
As we returned to the ship we tur…
At the dock there were a couple of…
At the dock there were a couple o…
As we pulled away from the dock th…
As we pulled away from the dock t…
But we could still see that it was…
But we could still see that it wa…
A few people braved the fore deck …
A few people braved the fore deck…
Again we saw lots of very small is…
Again we saw lots of very small i…
This one had a red buoy suggesting…
This one had a red buoy suggestin…
Do you see the whale our near the …
Do you see the whale our near the…
This is the only shot I got of a w…
This is the only shot I got of a …
More of the small islands.
More of the small islands.
There was a nice home built on thi…
There was a nice home built on th…
And the afternoon clouds created s…
And the afternoon clouds created …
But some shots came out worse due …
But some shots came out worse due…
Here there was a lighthouse.
Here there was a lighthouse.
I had to take at least two shots.
I had to take at least two shots.
At about 6pm we were back in the a…
At about 6pm we were back in the …
A pretty artistic piece in the atr…
A pretty artistic piece in the at…
Another shot taken in the pretty a…
Another shot taken in the pretty …
Outside at nearly 6:30pm we get a …
Outside at nearly 6:30pm we get a…
Then its gone.
Then its gone.
Then its back nearly as well.
Then its back nearly as well.
Then its gone.
Then its gone.
Dressed and ready for the first fo…
Dressed and ready for the first f…
Judy did a nice job of looking spe…
Judy did a nice job of looking sp…
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