September 9th, 2009 – by: X_Drive
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.
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.
Our first stop was the Tongass Historical Museum.
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.
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.
Front Street Ketchikan in 1905.
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.
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.
Front Street 1908.
We got to bed just before midnight.
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