This was a day of routine maintenance. We shopped for groceries, went to the library, went to the post office, checked on the local Chinese restaurant buffet, stopped by Centennial Park to see what (if anything) was being caught, and generally took care of the necessary errands that tend to pile up. The next several days are supposed to be rainy, so we thought it would be good to get this stuff out of the way. When it rains, we plan to go to the wildlife refuge to see a movie about bears. If we have to be inside, we might as well watch a movie.
With no photos to show for today, I thought I’d show you a few pictures of Ketchikan that I borrowed from the web. It is our next stop after Juneau. I would hope that we would be able to get off the ship and do a little sightseeing, but I’m not sure. If at all possible, we’d like to take our own photos.
The word “Ketchikan” comes from a Tlingit word “kitischk-hin”, the meaning of which is unclear. One possible meaning is “thundering wings of an eagle”. It is called the Salmon Capital of the World and Alaska’s first city. It is home to Misty Fjords National Monument. The city is located on Revillagigedo Island, 90 miles north of Prince Rupert, British Colombia, and 235 miles south of Juneau. This makes it the southeastern most city in Alaska.
It looks like an absolutely lovely town with a population of around 8,000. It seems to be a great place to live. The average low in January is 29, which is pretty great for Alaska. Here’s an unusual fact: Tallahassee, Florida has a lower all time low (21) in Jan. than Ketchikan (22)!!! It has what they call an Oceanic Climate, which is compared to Scotland and Northern Ireland. However, Ketchikan has more rain than either of those with an average of 153″ per year.
This town has the world’s largest collection of totem poles. I would dearly love to see them! TAXI, ANYONE?????