Ketchikan was the last port we visited on the cruise. In this city, where it rains about 200 inches/year, we actually had reasonable weather.
Here, Merle is checking out the city view from our ship's balcony.
Here are some nice homes with great mountain views.
Perhaps this is Alaska's version of suburban sprawl. Actually, in Ketchikan, all of the homes were at the coastline, with very little development up the mountain.
We briefly visited Creek St., when it started raining, and we hung out under a balcony for a spell (Treo cameraphone picture).
And we watched even more salmon. Apparently, the rain just doesn't bother them.
We went on a wildlife tour where we saw tons of salmon swimming upstream for sex and then death in and area called Herring Cove (no picture), then went on to see this waterfall. Look! It's sunny!!
On the way back, our tour bus got a flat tire, so we hung out by the ocean's edge for about 1.5 hrs, where we watched some people taking snorkelling lessons in the very cold water.
The ocean water was, however, very clear.
We stopped at a place called Saxman Village (founded by a Jewish guy?) where they make totem poles (no, probably not). Justin, our tour guide, who remained fairly cool during our delay with the flat tire, despite being told every 15 minutes that someone would be there in 15 minutes, explained some of the stories behind these poles. Some poles were meant to honor people, and some were meant to embarrass someone who didn't pay respect to some chief. That's about all I remember.
Oh yeah, and this totem pole is eating a monkey's hand.
Since we couldn't take the helicopter ride to the glacier in Juneau as we had hoped, we took a float plane for a flightseeing tour in Ketchikan. I had already prepared my will....
This plane actually seats 8 people. However, one guy who had signed up for this flight, who the pilot put in the co-pilot seat, weighed easily 350 lbs. It was a challenge to squeeze him into the alloted space. Everyone else leaned to the other side, and we only took 7 people. I guess we lived. (picture with Treo cameraphone...my regular camera battery was dying).