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October 1, 2007


By: E.B. Alston

Alaska - Part 3

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Ketchikan

The normal drill was for the ship to sail at suppertime so we would be at the next stop by breakfast. This was not possible on the last leg of our tour because of the distance, but it worked out fine anyway.

Statistics: Ketchikan, Alaska. Population 7,446. Located on the southern tip of Alaska along the famed Inside Passage. The local newspaper proudly listed a photograph of the entire high school graduating class of…six smiling youngsters.

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I could not resist taking this photo. The ship was moving at twenty-five knots when this was taken.

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We went to the cruise orientation in Pharoh’s Palace and stayed for the stage show. This was on our bed when we returned to the cabin.

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This is from our balcony on the right, sorry, starboard side of the ship. We could take photos until after ten p.m.

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Approaching Ketchikan the next morning. BTW: We took a lot more photos than I’m showing here. All of them were of spectacular scenes but the camera couldn’t capture the magnificence of the scenery. Or, more correctly, I couldn’t. 

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This is not the lifeboat from the Titanic. We couldn’t dock in Ketchikan so we were ferried ashore by these boats.

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Couldn’t resist. These things are everywhere in Alaska.

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We have arrived. There were twenty-seven shore excursions we could have taken, from a Back Country Jeep and Canoe safari to a fun Undersea Submarine tour. We were so busy doing stuff and taking photos that we didn’t get to sign up for anything in Ketchikan. We took what you’d call an “unguided walking tour.” Probably had just as much fun. And a whole lot cheaper.

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Alaska is a land of Bald Eagles. This is the biggest one we saw.

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More from our walking tour. All the Alaska towns we visited were pleasant to walk around in. They were clean, the people we met were polite and the scenery in the distance was always spectacular.

 

 

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 Our ship awaits. (Left)

They were careful to remind us frequently what a disaster it would be to miss the sailing of our ship.

 

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                                                    We are under way.

 

 

 

 

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This was waiting for us when we returned to our cabin.

Next stop: Juneau

Your Country Traveler
Gene Alston

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