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Aug 15, 2017 - Ketchikan - Fourth Port of Call

Ketchikan sits on the Revillagugedo Island and is surrounded by the largest national forest in the US. Tongass National Forest encompasses 16.9 million acres of varied landscapes. There are mountains covered in forests, glaciers, old volcanic cones, rivers, fjords and countless lakes. This was our last port of call and it was truly amazing. We took a combination tour, flying and boating through Misty Fjords National Monument. We left Ketchikan in a 6 passenger float plane. I was sent to the tail of the plane, which was nice because I had...

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Aug 29, 2016 - good bye Ketchikan

Lazy, rainy morning. Went to the Saxman Native Village to see more totem poles. Busloads of cruise ship passengers were on tours here. We walked around, looked at the poles, glanced in the workshop and eavesdropped on some of the tours. Would have liked to go into the clan house but that was for tour groups only. We then went back to the Alaska Fish House for lunch, wandered around the tourist shops ( there were several cruise ships in today) and went to pick up the fish we were going to take with us. Tried to get a little rest in as we had...

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Aug 28, 2016 - Hiking and fishing

We awakened to overcast skies but no rain. We dressed and went for a morning walk around Ward Lake. There was a nice part to follow from the campground. The lake was beautiful and many people were taking advantage of the lack of rain to enjoy the outside. The fish were jumping and there were several fisherman fly fishing in the lake. We went back to the RV and got ready for our half day of salmon fishing. The skies really clouded up so we also grabbed rain gear. As we were driving to City Float, where we were meeting Captain Mike, it...

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Aug 27, 2016 - Alison's birthday

In the morning we packed up to go to the other campground, as we started getting closer we noticed crowds, lots of crowds. We then found out that the Cross Country meet was being held around the campground. Luckily, the Jeep and the RV were not connected and I led Glenn into the campground. I had to untie some barriers strung between the trees to get to our site. We quickly set up camp and high tailed it out of there. We went to the downtown area where the cruise ship docks are and found a ghost town. Apparently, when there are no cruise...

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Aug 26, 2016 - Onward to Ketchikan

At all of our stops, Kake, Petersburg, and Wrangell , more high school students and their coaches board the ferry. There were a total of 198 high school students on the ferry with us and they were camped out everywhere. All the lounges were wall to wall sleeping bags. The ferry had to announce a request that the students vacate tables in the dining room during meal time so the rest of the passengers could have a seat. I was very happy we had a cabin to escape from the craziness. I found it very interesting that this is the way the student...

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Jul 4, 2016 - Happy 4th of July

Sailed away from Vancouver on the Star Princess Sat. July 2nd. Good weather to leave port. Took in one show. Day at sea on Sunday, spent day relaxing with some rough seas in morning only. Casino, some luck by W's. Special dinner at Italian restaurant, excellent. Piano bar to finish off the night. Today, docked in Ketchikan at 0500, going onshore on our own, no tour. Watching 6 bald eagles fly by our balcony! See you soon! J&K

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Jun 16, 2016 - Ketchikan

Ketchikan is home to the largest collection of totem poles in the world and is also famous for salmon fishing. The look and feel of the town is very warm and comfortable compared to our past few days of glaciers and wildlife tundra. We walked along the main downtown area and down the Creek Street District. Creek Street was once Ketchikan’s infamous red-light district. During Prohibition, Creek Street was home to numerous speakeasies, and in the early 1900s more than 30 houses, built on stilts over the creek waters, have been restored as...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Ketchikan, Alaska...May 25, 2016

Ketchikan, Alaska is 658 nautical miles from Seattle with an expected temperature of 52 degrees. We docked early allowing us time to walk around the town before our tour and crab feast. Ketchikan is a fantastic little town with many totem poles right around the entrance to Creek Street, the former red lite district of this gold mining town.Bill and I walked around Creek Street and the town until we left for our tour called Wilderness Exploration and Crab Feast. We boarded a 36 foot enclosed catamaran to travel up the fjord past the George...

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Alaska 2016

Aug 9, 2015 - Day 23-25 Ketchikan

It was an all day ride on the M/V Matanuska from Petersburg to Ketchikan with only a quick stop at Wrangell. We linked up with a friend of the Fogarty’s almost immediately, a very colorful Kim Coolbeth. Kim has a 35 foot yacht and we spent our first day touring the bays and channels surrounding the island. We sailed up every channel in Misty Fjords which was just breath taking. One of the ladies made the mistake of saying “yes” when Kim asked us if we wanted to see some bears and we were immediately off on a 60 mile high speed trip to a...

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Jul 18, 2015 - A few more pictures of the beauty of Sitka

We are back in the land of Verizon 4Gs!! So over the next few days, we'll upload some pictures and bring you up current with our travels. A few more pictures leftover from our time in Sitka. As you look at these, remember that this area of Alaska is a rainforest and even in the summer months, a lot of rain falls in this part of the country. But the beauty still comes through. Now for an update on our Adventure. We were scheduled out of Sitka on Tuesday on the Columbia of the Alaska Ferry System. Didn't happen. One of the engines on that...

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Dream On

Jul 7, 2015 - KetchiKan

Our last day in Ketchikan was spent getting the camper ready buying supplies. While on our way to the Walmart lot to park the truck I lost Kathy who was following in the Geo. It seems that a pickup same color as ours with a Northland Camper same brand as ours got between us and she followed him to his destination, a repair shop, after realizing her error she caught up with me. We visited the Saxman Totem Pole Park and spent time at Herring Cove looking for bears and eagles. The only bear that we saw was as we were leaving for the day. We...

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Jul 6, 2015 - Ketchikan

Our tour to Misty Fjord was first on or agenda today Misty Fjord is a national park that protects a large area encompassing a number of fjords and marine environments (2.3 million acers). It is about 50 miles south and east from Ketchikan. On our way out we saw a humpback whale that put on quite an acrobatic display, several seal and sea lions were also spotted. The scenery was spectacular with many granite cliffs, glacial formed canyons and New Eddystone Rock a 237 foot remnant of a volcanic plug. We spent the afternoon and evening at...

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