Diva Goes Ashore in ALASKA
Sights to see & things to
as Alaska’s First City, a reference to it being the first city
along the Inside Passage, the climate of Ketchikan is surprisingly
temperate because of it’s location—in the midst of a rain
forest! That also explains
its other nickname, the Rain Capital of North America.
With average annual rainfall measuring a whopping 160 inches,
in Ketchikan it’s either getting ready to rain, is raining, or
it’s just stopped raining. Bring
and umbrella and hope for the weather gods to smile on you.
This is a picturesque city full of history and lore.
can’t help but notice the many totem poles that dot Ketchikan's
landscape. These poles served
many purposes in Tlingit and Haita societies, recording legends,
family events, and history; none were connected to idol worship as
the early missionaries thought. From
the pier, stop at the Visitors Bureau Information Center right at
the dock or the Southeast Alaska Visitor Center nearby on Front
Street, which also houses a Native Alaska museum.
Pick up a map and make your way to the restored gold rush era
streets of Ketchikan and Creek
Street, the row of buildings on pilings over a stream which houses
boutiques, eateries, and the infamous Dolly’s House.
Dolly Arthur practiced the world’s oldest profession and
her home stands today as a bawdy museum where docents dressed in
period costumes bid passers by to enter—for a price.
Some things never change. Just
a short distance up Park Avenue is the observation deck at the
artificial salmon ladder. While
away some time marveling at how these determined fish make their way
to the spawning grounds from the sea.
Ketchikan are two historical sites, Totem Bight State Historical
Park and Saxman Indian Village. Unless
you’re wildly interested in totem poles, you might wish to arrange
independent tours of these attractions.
It’s easy for boredom to set in after dozens of poles are
described in excruciating detail.
though they include no glaciers, flyover sightseeing tours of Misty
Fjords are extremely popular.
The majestic beauty of the fjords, waterfalls, and rugged
tree covered mountains are capped by landing on a serene lake in the
Cruising-- Spring! It's in the air and cruisers' fancies
turn north. North to Alaska, with thoughts of majestic scenery,
frontiers to explore, and what to pack.
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