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Day 7 - Wednesday, 12 September 2001

This morning we arrive in Ketchikan, located on Revillagigedo Island. Ketchikan, rich in culture heritage, boasts the world's largest collection of totem poles and the dubious distinction of being the state's rain capital. A yearly average 162 inches of liquid sunshine falls here.


Ketchikan's Creek Street

An included excursioin features admission and a guided tour of the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. This beautiful museum offers a high-tech audio-visual show "Mystical Southeast Alaska," as well as exceptional displays of the region's wildlife, ecosystems, native heritage, and magnificent natural wonders.


Native art piece

This afternoon we cruise to Misty Fjords National Monument, a sanctuary of primeval fjords and abundant wildlife. Glacially carved granite walls rise dramatically from the sea to 3,000 feet, thin clouds drift along the ridge lines and waterfalls tumble down the rock faces.

Arrive Ketchikan 8:00 AM and depart at 1:00 PM.

We were up on deck about 6:30 this morning just as we entered Tongass Narrows which runs between Revillagigedo and Gravina Islands. We docked in Ketchikan about 7:45 just after breakfast.

Ketchikan has the dubious distinction of being the state's rain capital. A yearly average 162 inches of liquid sunshine falls here. In case your calculator isn't handy that's 13 1/2 feet of rain each year.

The Endeavor docked in Ketchikan about 8:00 AM and sailed about 1:00 PM. We spent a couple of hours wandering around the town. We walked along Creek Street, then climbed the trail up to Park Avenue.

We walked up Park Ave to the bridge across salmon ladened Ketchikan Creek then down Harris Street and Bawden Street to the center of town.

Using the coupon provided by our cruise company we visited the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. We spent the better part of an hour here. This beautiful museum offers a high-tech audio-visual show "Mystical Southeast Alaska," as well as exceptional displays of the region's wildlife, ecosystems, native heritage, and magnificent natural wonders.

About 1 PM the ship pulled out of Ketchikan as we sat down for lunch. We were headed for the quiet beauty of Misty Fjords National Monument.


These birds created an interesting pattern as they got out of our way.

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