KETCHIKAN, ALASKA


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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2007:

At 6:30am Monday morning we were securely docked alongslide in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Ketchikan, AlaskaKetchikan, AlaskaKetchikan, Alaska

It was overcast and misty rain when we arrived.
Not surprising, Ketchikan is one of the wettest cities in the world, averaging 160 inches per year.
The Liquid Sunshine GaugeCrrek StreetCreek Street

Ketchikan's Creek Street is an historic red light district from the gold rush days.
Creek StreetSapphire Princess docked in Ketchikan AlaskaKetchikan, Alaska from Clarence Strait

KETCHIKAN, ALASKA VIDEO
9 minute video of Ketchikan, Alaska and mainly Creek Street.
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I took a boat trip out to Misty Fjords National Monument after I finished visiting Creek Street.
Eddystone Rock, Misty Fjords National MonumentMisty Fjords National MonumentMisty Fjords National Monument

We saw a wolf swimming across the channel and a pod of killer whales on the way to the monument.
Misty Fjords National MonumentMisty Fjords National MonumentMisty Fjords National Monument

The fjord lived up to it's name on the day of my visit, it certainly was misty.
Misty Fjords National MonumentMisty Fjords National MonumentMisty Fjords National Monument

MISTY FJORDS NATIONAL MONUMENT VIDEO
7 minute video of Misty Fjords National Monument.
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We returned to Ketchikan by seaplane.
Misty Fjords National MonumentMisty Fjords National MonumentMisty Fjords National Monument from seaplane

ALASKA SEAPLANE FLIGHT VIDEO
7 minute video of my seaplane flight from Misty Fjords to Ketchikan.
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Weather started clearing after we got back to Ketchikan and it was a beautiful afternoon and evening.
Misty Fjords National Monument from seaplaneKetchikan from seaplaneKetchikan, Alaska

We let go all lines at 2:18pm, left the port and navigated through the Tongass Narrows.
ms Zaandam docked in KetchikanKetchikan, Alaska from Sapphire Princess Sun DeckKetchikan, Alaska from Sapphire Princess Sun Deck

The scenery and weather were great as we sailed north out of Ketchikan.
Ketchikan, Alaska from Sapphire Princess Sun DeckKetchikan, Alaska from Sapphire Princess Sun DeckTongass Narrows

The late setting sun over Summer Strait was beautiful.
Summer StraitSummer StraitSapphire Princess, Calypso Reef and Pool

KETCHIKAN SAIL AWAY VIDEO
9 minute video of my sail away from Ketchikan, Alaska on the Sapphire Princess.
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MY DAILY EMAIL SENT MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2007
Hello,

Monday started early. We got to Ketchikan at 6:30am. Three other large cruise ships came in just behind us. I was one of the first ones off the ship. I needed to hurry and see Ketchikan first thing because the shore excursion I booked left at 8:30 and would take up most of the rest of my time ashore. It wasn't a very nice morning, gloomy and some very light rain. But this is not unusual for Ketchikan. It's one of the wettest cities in the world with over 162 inches of rain per year. I walked all around Creek Street, my favorite part of Ketchikan. This a former red-light district from days gone by.

I took a cruise out to Misty Fjords at 8:30. It was a beautiful cruise. You certainly see where it got it's name. It was very "Misty." We also saw a wolf swimming between islands, seals and several killer whales. After the cruise we came back to Ketchikan by seaplane. It was a scenic flight flying over what we had seen previously by boat.

After we got back to Ketchikan the weather cleared up and it was a beautiful afternoon and evening back on the ship as we continued our cruise up the inside passage. The attached picture is taken from the sun deck on the ship as we left Ketchikan.



Tonight I saw two more shows on the ship. One was a comedian and the other was a stage show with singers and dancers called "Piano Man" featuring the music of Elton John, Billy Joel and other piano men. It was very good.

It's after 11:00 as I write this and it is still not completely dark yet. That will get later and later the farther north we go.

More Later,

Tim


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