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Sep 14, 2007 - Catch All & Ketchikan

Only two more stops on the cruise ship. Ketchikan and Victoria. Suffice it to say that there were tourist stores! In Ketchikan, the first sign we saw off the ship was the rainfall gauge! Can you imagine living where they get 200 inches of rain a year? We can't. In fact we took a horse drawn tour with two comical locals that entertained us with things like, "You can tell the weather anyday of the week here, if the mountain is clear it's going to rain, if the mountain is covered by clouds it is already raining!" We saw the old "Red Light"...

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Sep 2, 2007 - Ketchikan

We arrived in Ketchikan via ferry a bit early, but not as bad as other mornings. After sitting for a time on the side of the road, too early to check-in, we went to the Tongass National Forest Last Chance Campground thinking they might not mind our early arrival. No problem said they, and considering it was the last weekend before they closed down for the winter, there were not too many others in the campground. Obviously, in Alaska, Labor Day weekend is not the big thing for camping it is further south. We toured the various loops, looked...

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Aug 28, 2007 - Ketchikan - Seaplane Ride & Ziplining

Another early morning sunrise welcomed us to the day as we headed into our first port of call. The weather is perfectly sunny and Julie and I are excited to be going ashore today. Since we had already mapped out Ketchikan - thanks to the literature provided by the Princess, we already knew our intentions for today. Unfortunately having cancelled our Seaplane excursion which was planned to leave at 7:45 am this morning, Julie and I found ourselves faced with a dilemma. Now that the clouds have burnt off and the day has turned out to be...

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Aug 19, 2007 - Day 69: another day on a ferry

Today it was still mostly cloudy, but the clouds were higher and the day was brighter. We even saw a few patches of blue for our ferry ride on the Taku to Ketchikan. We left Petersburg about 9:15 am and arrived Ketchikan a little after 7 pm. It was another scenic and relaxing day on the ferry. We mostly read books, but we had a couple Harbor Seals, a couple Orcas, a couple Humpback spouts along with eagles, guillemots and murrelets to look at along the way. We are camped at Clover Pass Resort 14 miles north of downtown. We've camped at...

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Aug 2, 2007 - Trip to Alaska, Day 3 (At sea) and waking up in Ketchikan (Day 4)

We are having internet problems this morning. It took nearly 15 minutes to get the two pictures of my "normal" entry, uploaded. If I don't get pictures uploaded for this entry, I will continue to try until we get them for you. We sailed on Monday and today's entry is covering the day at sea, which was on Tuesday. We were awake at 7 AM and had ordered breakfast with room service. There was a soft knock on our door at 7:35 AM and we shared our breakfast of coffee, juice, croissants, fruit, and yogurt on the balcony. The temperatures were cool...

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Sep 17, 2006 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Interesting, too was the landscape: from the tundra (treeless) to the taiga (dwarfed evergreens), to the forests of spruce, lodge pole pine, quaking aspen, and birch, and the permafrost which wreaks havoc with the roads. Talk about potholes. The permafrost is sporadic in that sometimes it's a few inches below the surface, sometimes several feet deep, sometimes there is none. Since birch won't grow over permafrost (it needs deep roots) it is not unusual to see a spruce forest with intermittent patches of birch because of the mixed up...

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Jul 26, 2006 - Ketchikan

We got up to another grey, overcast morning. The captain had announced last night that Ketchikan was forecast for an 80% chance of rain today. We continued our voyage through the islands of the inside passage. The views are pretty even in this weather. We arrived in Ketchikan and started going ashore around 2 PM. We had tickets for the Great Alaska Lumber Jack show at 2:45. Getting people off the ship went pretty well and even though we were among the last ones off we had plenty of time to walk the couple of blocks to where the show was...

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Jul 16, 2006 - Ketchikan

Sunday we were at Ketchikan and Walt and Carol were on the ground in Alaska for the first time. We had booked a car, but when I called there was no one to pick me up to get the car. So I took a taxi to the Airport Ferry, rode the ferry to the airport, got the car, and rode the ferry back over to town. (Find a good map or wait till we get back if you have questions). I picked up the rest of the gang and we headed out to parts unknown. We went south out of town and stopped where we saw a gathering of eagles on the shore. There was a fish or...

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Jun 2, 2006 - Ketchikan

Woke to find the weather quite overcast and rather chilly. Ketchikan is renown for it's totem poles which are carved and painted by the local Klingkit people. This is a much smaller town than Juneau with a very pretty waterfront. As we spent sooo, soooo much money yesterday, today we used our legs to wander around the town. It is good fun wandering and talking to the locals because you tend to get a feel for the place you are in and begin to understand why they live in these places. Creek Street was an interesting little street with...

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Jun 1, 2006 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Thursday, June 1 At 6AM we lined up to board the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS)Ferry Taku to Ketchikan, the fourth largest city in Alaska. The trip was foggy, rainy, and smooth. The dogs did fine riding in the motor home. We arrived in Ketchikan about 3:30 pm and drove a few miles out the Tongass Highway to the Tongass National Forest campground at Ward Lake. Friday, June 02, 2006 Ketchikan is WET. We have not seen the sun, but at times it stops raining. One of the locals told us that occasionally the sun shines, but it is startling!...

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Oct 2, 2005 - Ketchikan

Friday 30th Sept to Sunday 2nd October Friday - Boarded the ferry again, this time to Ketchikan. We weren't too keen about coming here as we heard it is only a place for the cruise ships. Arrived about 6.30pm and had some fun picking up the hire car. The airport is on an island, so the rip off merchants take full advantage of this. Edi had to get a ferry over to the airport, do the paperwork for the car, drive the car onto the ferry and then come back to the ferry terminal to get all our luggage so we could make our way to our lodgings for...

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Sep 14, 2005 - Ketchikan

When we stepped off our boat at 7:30am the town was peaceful and quiet. Our little boat of 130 contained the only tourists in town. By the time we left at 11:30am, Ketchikan had reached the frenzy of a shopping mall the weekend before Christmas. Three large cruise ships had arrived and we heard that two more were on the way. Ketchikan is a cute little town, although it has acquired more T-shirt and jewelry shops than we remembered from last time. Clearly the myriad tourists appreciated this opportunity to shop, but I fear that Alaska may be...

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