Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 6: Ketchikan

Today we docked in Ketchikan. This quaint town looks like an ol' fishing town...because, is. This is the Salmon capital of the world. Lots of colorful old houses and a cute downtown area. My husband and his buddy, Rodney, booked a fly fishing shore excursion (through our CruiseOne website of course). It also turned out to be a private excursion...just them and the guide. They drove about 10 minutes to a mountain river. There they wadded in the water and enjoyed a few hours of successful fly-fishing. They each caught 4 fish. Their guide was very knowledgable and has persuaded my husband to "invest in fly fishing equipment" when he returns home (because he loved it so much).

My friend Birdie and I walked around downtown and wondered in and out of the many souvenir shops. If you are in search of t-shirts, jewelry or Moose Poop candy, these Alaskan ports are sure to please. Birdie and I both purchased some Northern Lights jewelry. This is the same stone you can find in the Caribbean called Caribbean Topaz. It is inexpensive but pretty and I felt this was a better souvenir than bear socks or a stuffed animal.

Today was another prime example of Alaska's unpredictable weather. This morning I had on a sweater and pants in which I was sweating. It was hotter than Florida. So, when we got back on the ship at 1:00p I changed into shorts and a tank top. And now it's cold. I'm afraid I might have to go change again.

The rest of the day I plan to spend being lazy in a padded lounge chair.

Tomorrow we will be at sea before we fly back to Florida from Vancouver. This trip has been a blast. I would recommend that everyone visit Alaska at some point. And may I suggest a back-to-back cruise? We've talked to many couples who have done just that. What could be better than 7 days in Alaska? 14 days!!

I look forward to hearing about our embellish IT! Cruise &Crop that took place last week. If you were on it, please share photos!!


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