Cruising Alaska, Part 4: Ketchikan and Last Day of Cruising

7/1 – Wednesday: Ketchikan was our last port of call. We went on a tour that brought us to a Totem Pole Park and a Lumberjack Show. At the park, we learned that all the totem poles that natives made had stories behind them. All of the stories had a moral at the end, kind of like fairy tale. Someone also said they saw a bear in someone’s driveway. My mom wanted to see it, but my dad and I said, “No!”

This is one of the totem poles that would have taken a lot of time.

This is one of the totem poles that would have taken a lot of time.

They call the little disks they chop off "cookies"

They call the little disks they chop off “cookies”

Here is the animal carving of a bunny

Here is the animal carving of a bunny

Once we finished up at the park, we saw a competition where the lumberjacks showed off their skills. They climbed up huge poles to show how fast they could climb up trees, cut logs in half several different ways, carved faces into logs with chainsaws and  tried to balance on logs floating in some water. It was really cool. One guy fell on the log, though. I felt really sorry for him.

There were a lot of signs that we saw on our way to get our final charms for the bracelet. One sign was their rain gauge, and it showed how much rain they get on average a year. They get a LOT of rain–300 days a year, but it was sunny when we were there. A few other signs were the street signs. One said “Killer Whale Avenue,” and another said “Totem Row.” Some of the signs were at the lumberjack show. They were a bit strange, to say the least.

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This is my Watercolor Mountain

This is my Watercolor Mountain

7/2 – Thursday: This was another day of cruising and our last full day on the boat.. We didn’t really do a lot. I did create a watercolor picture of a mountain in the watercolor class. They did have some trivia. I answered one question spot-on, thanks to my fourth grade art teacher. We came in second place to another team, but we traded in our points for a deck of cards and a scrap-booking kit. After we did that, we saw a show that Yulia & Alan Reva opened for. They did a really cool routine, and then a comedian named Phil Tag came to the stage. He had really funny jokes.

7/3 – Friday: We left the ship in Vancouver and headed into the bus terminal. We got our luggage and stood in line for the bus. Once we got to the airport, we had to show our passports again and again and again as we went through customs. We waited around for our plane to arrive, and boarded. We then had our four hour plane ride home. I tormented my cat when we got home (not really, I just gave Zip a really big hug).

Travel Statistics:

  • Time on the airplane: somewhere around 12.5 hours total.
  • Time on a bus: about 11 hours total.
  • Distance cruising on the boat:  around 1,939 miles.
  • Number of times I got hand sanitized: probably near 100 times.
  • Number of times we had to show our passports: 10-12 times.

 

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