Approaching Ketchikan, an outfitter's home.  

photo: Jim Peterson


Ketchikan is the southernmost city in Alaska  with a population of about 17,000.  Like Juneau and Skagway, it is squeezed against mountains and like Juneau, it can only be reached by sea or air.  One can travel by road only about 20 miles out of town.  Jim and Joyce Peterson did a whale watching tour in Ketchikan, and got into the middle of a nice school of Orcas.  Others of us rented a taxi, driven by a sweet, soft spoken Native American woman, who gave us a delightful tour of a totem preserve, a creek full of fat king salmon, and the scenery to the end of the road.


Ketchikan is squeezed next to mountains.

photo: Don Webster

 

Float plane over Ketchikan

photo: Phil Johnson


With thousands of communities in Alaska off the highway grid, the airplane is essential.

photo: Jim Peterson


Unloading in Ketchikan

photo: Don Webster


Leonardo catching a bald eagle.

photo: Don Webster

 

Our friends, Ersiia and Leonardo, who joined us on the cruise from Switzerland.

photo: Don Webster


Phil Maslin photographing a roadside waterfall.

photo: Don Webster


A large male Orca breeches beside the boat.

photo: Jim Peterson


Nice bow wave as the orca submerges.

photo: Jim Peterson


Looking down on the Sapphire Princess from a trail above Ketchikan.

photo: Don Webster 


Eighteen bald eagles watch salmon swimming up a creek.

photo: Don Webster

The overcast skies broke while we were in Ketchikan, and as we sailed into the night, we enjoyed a spectacular sunset, punctuated by occasional humpback whales.

photo: Jim Peterson

 

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