Ian and Margaret's RV Adventures travel blog

Our last view of Ketchikan, from the ferry

Another suburb of Ketchikan -- Pennock Island

Sailing out of the Tongass Narrows, past . . .


The end of the road; for Alaska, that is -- there's much...

We’ve reached the end of the road in Alaska. We left early on Sunday morning (together with at least 4 other rigs from our campground, so we didn’t feel bad about making the inevitable noise associated with hitching up and leaving) to arrive at the Ferry Terminal two hours before our scheduled departure time. This was a great way to end our Alaska Marine Highway System experience – for the second time out of the four trips, we loaded forward and unloaded forward. Whew!

This was a 6 ½ hour trip, most of which we spent in the forward observation deck, alternately reading, chatting with our Canadian neighbor or watching out the window for whales, of which we saw several. All of us were trying to ignore one of our neighbors from Clover Pass who, in a booming voice, spent nearly the entire trip regaling his traveling companions with story after story of his fishing or traveling adventures. We were told by our new Canadian friend that while we left to have some lunch he even quoted some of “The Cremation of Sam McGee” (a well-known poem by iconic Alaskan writer Robert Service). He wasn’t trying to be obnoxious, but he clearly wasn’t being sensitive to the fact that everyone in the observation area could hear every word of his monologues and most of us had no interest in them. Some people are just like that!

In the end we exited the Ferry without ceremony or drama (although they did have to get a number of other vehicles off before we could safely move), passed through Canadian customs, also without ceremony or drama, and found our campground for the night in Prince Rupert.

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