Today we docked in Ketchikan, a small town where they measure their annual rainfall in feet, not inches. I kept an eye out for sparkly vampires but didn’t see any. 🙂
Everything in the town is within walking distance from the ship. One of the interesting things about Ketchikan (as well as Juneau) is that they’re not reachable by road so if you want to get there, you must do so by boat or plane. They teach their kids how to operate a boat at a very young age; kids are also taught survival skills to be able to survive in the wilderness if need be.
We visited the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to various black bears, eagles and other animals as well as the rainforest itself including many types of trees (alder, cedar, etc.), 200+ types of mosses or lichens, salmon berries, blueberries and many more plants.
It was cool and drizzly in the morning but the rain stopped midday. It was warmer under the canopy of the rainforest – once we got out in the open it was pretty cold.
Our guide taught us how to identify bear trails, tracks, claw markings on trees and instructed us to listen to her if she asked us to huddle up – that would mean a bear was close by. Unfortunately, we did not see any bears – probably because we were visiting in the middle of the day. We still enjoyed the walk through the sanctuary and did get to see bald eagles, an owl, reindeer and the biggest slug I‘ve ever seen.
We did some shopping back in town and purchased some souvenirs for our nieces. Prior to our excursion we ate at a local restaurant and had some salmon tacos. Salmon and crab are everywhere.
The evening back on the ship was quiet – we went to see Brent Nixon’s talk about bears – once again, he did not disappoint.
Dinner was great and we’ve been having a great time getting to know the couple at the table next to us – we’ve been having a blast the past few dinners. Last night I had the Caribbean cod fritters with slaw, the sweet corn soup with lobster-bacon fricassee, the Mediterranean seafood orzo and the tiramisu. Awesome. Chris had the veal appetizer, the green salad, the spinach ricotta ravioli and the tiramisu. Paired with another great Malbec.
Tomorrow we’re cruising through Tracy Arm Fjord in the morning and arriving in Juneau in early afternoon. Stay tuned!