Ketchikan is another island community accessible by sea and by air.  The Salmon Capital of the World.

Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska

It is also a big cruise ship destination.  There were four big cruise ships here today.  Two Princess Cruises and two from Holland America Lines.  The Diamond Princess was just docking as we were walking along the Waterfront Promenade so we stopped and watched the process.

Princes Cruise Ship

Princes Cruise Ship

We did take a little land tour out to see some wildlife.  We saw some bald eagles, lots of salmon and seagulls, and these two black-tail deer.

Alaska's Black-Tailed Deer

Alaska’s Black-Tailed Deer

Creek Street borders Ketchikan Creek, where salmon runs have attracted Native Alaskans for centuries.  The bordellos that lined the creek are now shops and restaurants.  We could see thousands of salmon in the water.

Creek Street, Ketchikans Old Red-Light District

Creek Street, Ketchikan Old Red-Light District

The world’s largest collection of totem poles can be found here in Ketchikan.  Some can be found in the downtown area.  There are a few totem parks nearby.  We went out to visit Totem Bight State Park and saw what they had there.

Totem Bight State Park

Totem Bight State Park

Friday we take another ferry, this one will be a 6 hour cruise.  This time we go to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, where we will continue our travels by land. I will be turning off my cell phone and internet service while we are in Canada.  Unless I find free wi-fi along the way I will not be blogging until we are back in the lower 48 states, in the state of Washington.  Hopefully not more than a week.  We have mountains and many miles to drive yet.  Stay tuned.


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