Monday, July 18, 2016

Alaskan Cruise - Ketchikan




Our best weather of the cruise occurred in Ketchikan which brags about being the wettest city in the world! They call it liquid sunshine.  It was a beautiful day of blue skies, perfect for what we had planned for our last day in Alaska. 

Even before the ship docked we had lots to watch from our balcony.  There were floatplanes zipping by and giant cruise ships as well as kayaks.



 












We were greeted at the dock by an interesting bronze monument of seven life-size figures of Ketchikan's past called "The Rock".


  

There were lots of places nearby to shop with the most interesting shops in an area called Creek Street that was built on stilts hanging over the creek. 

   

After exploring the town and doing a little shopping it was time for our excursion, the Maginificent Misty Fjords by Floatplane trip over the Tongass National Forest. We didn't realize it but we had saved the best for last.


We boarded our floatplane with four other passengers in a surprisingly roomy plane with a window area for each person.  After a smooth take-off we glided over majestic fjords, waterfalls, mountains, granite cliffs, and alpine lakes.  

 









  


The colors were stunning.  




I didn't want the flight to stop.  But we did stop after about 30 minutes of flying by landing on a lake and getting out of the plane to stand on the planes pontoons.  It was awesome!






 








 After 15 minutes on the water our pilot took off again for another 30 minutes of sightseeing.


All our excursions had been outstanding but the floatplane experience was at the top.
   
It is hard to believe we have been on our cruise seven days.  Time to head back to Vancouver.  










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