Sunday, June 13, 2010
The inside passage of southeast Alaska is only reached by water or air. There are no roads connecting it. We thought about renting a car and using the ferry but it turned out to be much less expensive to cruise. The downside of cruising is that you disembark with thousands of people and don't get the real feel of a town without tourists. The upside is that you can cram a lot of sight-seeing into a short amount of time. Our cruise lasted one week in total.
As I watched this large ship dock in a small port I was very impressed with the skills of our Captain!
Ketchikan, the fourth largest city in Alaska, is a "Gateway City." If you have been on a cruise, you know the side excursions are pretty expensive. We just got off the ship and purchased the same services from locals for much less. Dave with Ketchikan Taxi Cab Tours took us for a private tour instead.
Ketchikan is famous for Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian art work. The totem poles are very beautiful. Also, they are quite reminiscent of the Maori art in New Zealand. Someday I may blog about our three week trip there but not today!