Alaska: Naturally Grand in Ketchikan


Dawn in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Dawn in Ketchikan, Alaska.

View from the ship: Ketchikan, Alaska.

View from the ship: Ketchikan, Alaska.

New Eddystone Rock.

New Eddystone Rock.

We got to set the clocks back one more hour today, making us 4 hours behind EST.  That was a good thing because we were up at dawn for an early excursion to Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness.  On a high-speed catamaran we covered 100 miles, traveling through the Revillagigedo Channel to Behm Canal and around New Eddystone Rock (initially mistaken for a sailing vessel by Captain Vancouver), before entering the National Wilderness through Rudyard Bay.  As a glacial fjord, it looked very much like New Zealand’s Milford Sound, complete with narrow waterfalls, deep water and dramatic sheer cliffs.  Incredibly, we had another majestic day; chilly but with a dazzling blue sky and sparkling, calm water.

Upon returning to downtown Ketchikan, we walked around and saw famously bawdy Creek Street (the creek having no visible salmon today), and shops, ultimately finding Annabelle’s Famous Keg & Chowder House for lunch.   Our Halibut sandwich was fresh and delicious; expensive too.

After dinner we positioned ourselves in the ship’s Sky Lounge (top, forward) to look for whales during the sail through Snow Passage.  We weren’t disappointed.  We saw a number of “blows” and some surfacing in the distance.  Upon learning some were expected starboard in a few minutes, we rushed back to our room and were rewarded by seeing a young Humpback whale flip his tale for us.  Mama stayed under.

So far, our starboard cabin has had perfect views.


About KFBuchsbaum

A lover of words, learning something new every day, exploring new places, and meeting people from different cultures is what feeds my spirit. One significant thing I learned from my years in market research is that time away from an experience dilutes the memories.  You lose the highs and lows and end up with middle-of-the-road impressions.  The reason I started to blog, was to capture experiences real-time, in the moment.  I hope my moments help you relive some of your own great adventures or maybe plan some new.

Posted on July 14, 2013, in Cruising, USA and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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