09.19.2011 54 °F
Today was our last port, Ketchikan, Alaska's 1st City. It is so named because it is the first city you come to on the way north. It is also the salmon capital of the US. Ketchikan and Juneau are only accessible by boat or plane, there are no roads going into or out of these cities due to the terrain surrounding them. Ketchikan's downtown is built on what was originally the docks. They brought in fill and also built on stilts. It is bigger than Skagway, smaller than Juneau with about 14,000 year round residents.
The first thing we did today was go to the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. It was a little hokey, but good fun and amazing lumberjack skills. As it turned our our team won the competition of sawing, throwing, climbing and log rolling.
Next stop was some clam chowder before we got on our Lighthouse, Eagle and Totem excursion boat. Yes, boat! Luckily it was a covered boat because we did have rain for much of the day today. The excursion was terrific! We saw at least a dozen eagles in the wild, 10 eagle nests, seals and a lighthouse. One of the eagles was fighting with a seagull for a fish! We went past many totem poles and Totem Bight State Park, the largest totem pole park.
This was our only rainy day, but it didn't deter us and we had a wonderful time. It is our last day in Alaska , as we head down the coast towards Vancouver on Wednesday. It has been a fabulous trip and while we are all ready to get back to our homes, we are also a little sad to see it end.
Rainy, windy and 50s today.