Day 8 of our Alaska journey starts with a dose of reality in the port of Ketchikan, Alaska.
A cruise ship has been stranded in Ketchikan for several days, and as a result, we will be tendering to shore. There have been several cruise ship mechanical issues in recent months, and this is another on the growing list. However, we tendered to shore, located the visitor center, and completed a walking tour which included three excellent museums and some salmon-watching.
The first museum had a focus on the development by settlers who came to the area in the early 1900’s.
The second museum was more historical and explained the totem pole messages and cultural significance.
The third museum was the National Park Service museum. The telescope view into creek street waters was a different perspective than at street level. There were interactive displays throughout the exhibit, for about 45 minutes of educational activities. Our visit to this museum ended with a 20 minute video in a theater setting which was at the high standard of the US Park Service videos. Very educational and incredible scenery throughout the video. Excellent!
The Ketchikan walking tour is one of the most ambitious tours we encountered on this vacation trip. After a couple of mis-steps at the beginning, we gained our bearings and decided to do about half of the walk and then re-assess after lunch. That was a good call because the 1/2 walk was plenty for us, especially with the three museums included. When we tired of our walking, we made a stop at the local grocery store and then walked towards the main pier area, seeking some wi-fi. We found internet access at a coffee shop that was adjacent to Yukon Heath’s Popcorn Emporium. The title does not reveal all, because the emporium also has hand-made chocolate fudge, which was delicious!
The Planes, Trains and Automobiles status: Plane trips = 3; train trips = 3, ships/boats = 4, bus/shuttle trips = 8, taxi/car= 2, golf cart = 3