We were told pretty soon in the trip that Ketchikan gets about 20 sunny days a year. We were very lucky to have skies like this:
If I remember the narration right, the area was first "discovered" by Captain George Vancouver. When I say discovered, I mean by Europeans since the Native American Nations were there long before anyone else sailed in.
The narrator on our trip was phenomenal. I could not begin to retell everything she shared about the area, the history, the culture, the eco-system, and the wildlife. In addition to the naturalist, they also had a Native Artist on board who could speak even more about the Native Nation that populates the area.
In these pristine surroundings, every piece of the eco-system works together. Nature's synergy is wonderful to behold.
I don't know if it happens all of the time, or if we were fortunate to the extreme, but whales showed up again for our pleasure.
|Isn't he handsome?|
|Floatplanes are popular for getting around Alaska between towns that don't have many roads, as well as for sightseeing. For my money, I'd rather be amid the scenery than flying over it.|
|Someone in Ketchikan has a sense of humor.|