The trip from Ketchikan to Wrangell Sunday seemed to be better than the trip from Prince Rupert. Probably because we are more adjusted to what's involved but also because the wait was much less and the facilities aboard the ferry were better. We managed to snag a booth (with electrical outlet) for this trip and I was able to get the Ketchikan blog entry uploaded while we were enroute and Doris was more comfortable reading her magazines. The scenery was just more of the fantastic snow-capped mountains, but we were able to see a lone porpoise off the side of the ferry. We don't know where the rest of the pod was. After arriving we quickly found our campground and since they only have electricity hook-ups, we were set up shortly thereafter. We are staying at Shoemaker Bay RV Park which is a city ran park, but is the best in Wrangell as well as the least expensive. It is in the Shoemaker Bay Recreation Area about five miles south of Wrangell right on the Zimovia Strait. We have excellent cell service but I was unable to find the satellite, too many trees, on Sunday. I did try again Monday as our Lady Gators were playing in the Softball National Championship Series at 4:00 p.m. our time. Doris took a few pictures of my efforts that I have included.
Monday was touring day and we visited the Petroglyph Beach where there are over 40 petroglyphs made somehwere between 1,000 and 8,000 years ago. They are unsure because they can't carbon date the rocks and the biological material that normally accompany these carvings have been washed away by thousands of years of tides. This far north the tides usually vary by 20+ feet between low and high tides and cover a lot of ground.
We then walked the downtown section. It's small as only a little over 2,000 live here. I would imagine that later in the summer it will be popping with tourists but there are not many here now. We walked to Shakes Island to see the Chief Shakes Island and Tribal House which has been restored and is surrounded by totems. It was closed but we could still see the outside of the Tribal House. Notice that it is very similar to the Clan House we saw in Ketchikan. The island is right in the middle of the Wrangell Harbor and I took a few shots of it as well. There are a heck of a lot of boats for 2,000 people and that doesn't include the boats in the small harbor where our campsite is.
Later in the early evening we took a drive up to Nemo Point which is part of the Tngass National Forest in this area. We wanted to look at the small campground they had there and hopefully see some wildlife. The campground only had two sites that would have held the mothership but the roads are not too good and we like where we are if we ever comeback. We didn't see eny wildlife except for what we think was a chipmunk maybe but we did see a fantastic view from the Nemo Point Overlook which overlooks the Zimovia Strait and the snow-capped mountains along it.
Tuesday we just relaxed, worked around the mothership and started looking at what we will be touring in Petersburg. Tomorrow night we catch the ferry for Petersburg and expect to get there about 1:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. We have reservations at a RV park there so getting there in the middle of the night shouldn't be a problem - I hope.