A Journal, with Pictures

Ketchikan, Alaska

by on Jul.18, 2011, under Happenings

We arrive at our first destination Ketchikan, Alaska which is known as the salmon capital of world. Ketchikan originated as a salmon fishing and canning port and still has a big commercial fishing industry. The only access is by air or sea and averages 162 inches of precipitation per year. Ketchikan was a rough and tumble town in the early days and the former red light district, Creek Street, has been converted to tourist shops. Besides fishing, tourism is the main industry. This was my first stop last year when I flew to Alaska so I knew the lay of the land and decided to explore the surrounding area. We took a boat excursion to Misty Fjord which is a glaciated fjord, and lived up to its name, Misty. We saw wild life and beautiful scenery including a volcanic plug called Edgecomb Rock. When we returned,we toured Ketchkan, returned to the ship for cocktails, dinner and a show put on by the ships entertainers called “Viva La Viva”, which was very good. The ship left Ketchikan late afternoon to cruise overnight to Tracy Arm Fjord.

 

 

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