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August 16, 2009

Spawning salmon in Ketchikan, Alaska

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The salmon are spawning in Ketchikan and its amazing to watch them trying to swim up stream (though they probably say the same thing about us).

I spent the day wandering around this little historic town, most of it observing salmon in some form or other – swimming, climbing, jumping, lying dead having been just been caught by a fisherman (and headed to someone’s frying pan or BBQ grill, no doubt).

Ketchikan has in recent years experienced an influx of shops plying mostly China-made souvenirs to the cruise tourists – there were at least three big ships in today. There are also┬ánumerous conveyances to get around town from Duck Tours to golf carts, and some kitschy attractions including a Lumberjack Show (and some worthwhile museums and a Native American salmon hatchery too, though I’ve visited them before).

I avoided most of that, instead walking up Married Man’s Trail, past the Salmon Ladder (the best place to view the spawning activity), and up the mountain that rises above the town.

It was a little chilly (temps in the 50s) and a little misty, though thankfully not raining – Ketchikan is one of the rainiest towns anywhere. I walked past private homes and a town park, and enjoyed the quiet (plus was able to burn some calories after gorging for two days on the ship). Coming back down I wandered Creek Street, which is as pretty as ever with its painted historic buildings (now mostly tourist shops) built over the water.

As the Radiance of the Seas departed Ketchikan we got views of forests, islands and water as we headed off to Juneau, tomorrow’s port of call.

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