Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ketch as Ketch-i-kan (5/11/08)

The morning mists brought us to Ketchikan, a timber and salmon fishing haven turned into Alaska tourist central. We walked the streets past jewelry and totchke shops, and found a cute store that sold Russian carvings of Father Frost. Then, fueled with nice hot lattes, we took a bus tour of the town that ended up at a park full of totem poles. Rod, our guide, has lived in Alaska all his life, and gave us a great local-eye tour of his hometown. We really enjoyed ourselves, learning about the different things people in Ketchikan do for a living, about how the kids fly Alaska Airlines to their high school sporting events in different parts of Southeastern Alaska, and driving past fish ladders and swimming holes.

It was Mother's Day, so we returned to the ship for dinner in the S.S. United States specialty restaurant. This lovely art-deco dining room is decorated with original etched/carved glass panels from the ballroom on the S.S. United States. We floated past steep snowy islands in the sub-arctic twilight, and the fog turned a silvery purpleish-blue.

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