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2019/09/19 Alaska Day 16: Ketchikan
π 2019-09-19 01:01 in Ak2019, Trips

For our last land excursion, we stopped at Ketchikan. We arrived in port a bit late, just before 10:00, and darted right for the visitor center to confirm things I had researched and finding a tour that was worth doing, given that my research showed that staying in town would not fill the time.



this is not even a real duck, we didn't do that tour
this is not even a real duck, we didn't do that tour

We started with the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, which had some good displays worth maybe up to 1H and movies if you had time:







Just next door was the lumberjack show, which although completely fixed (as in wrestling fixed), was both fun to watch and a great display of skill:











Here is a 5mn summary of the show: https://youtu.be/KShwsYQ9vpU


Next was our excursion to a rainforest:




lots of leftover dead salmons
lots of leftover dead salmons

salmon ladder
salmon ladder

several seals came up the river to eat the exhausted salmon
several seals came up the river to eat the exhausted salmon


I was lucky to find a black bear
I was lucky to find a black bear


the seagulls were there to eat salmon leftovers
the seagulls were there to eat salmon leftovers

After the rainforest, they had a few extra things to show us, including some totems:








They also had a wounded bald eagle


After our tour, we went to the Tongass Historical Museum, worth 30 to 60mn (albeit not that big):



we went by creek street, where we saw many salmon, some still trying to get up the river, while many had died from exhaustion already:






lots of dead salmons
lots of dead salmons


Obviously there were a few shops too:





We finished with the Totem Heritage Center:




and we made it back to the boat with a whole 2mn to spare, we were the last 2 people to get back on board, yeah us ;)

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