It's Friday. Whoo Hooo!!! Oh wait, I'm on vacation. Everyday is a holiday.
I head up to the Crow's Nest to view the landscape of the incoming town of Ketchikan, and get a history lesson from Fred from Canada on the "Bridge from Nowhere." It was a proposal to link the town of Ketchikan (on the left side) with the airport on Gravina Island (on the right side). You can see both in the picture below.
Soon after, we arrive in Ketchikan and dock.
Everyone is anxious to get on land. We have been on the ship for over 24 hours.
We head over to the Visitor's Center to get some tour options.
We decide to take a tour of Ketchikan with an Alaskan Native, and also a tour of a Saxman Native Village with many totem poles.
After the local tour, we decide to walk around the Historic Creek Street. It was a place where the locals men and women met to spawn, and also the location where salmon do as well.
We continue on our Creek Street tour.
Ah, the place where you can catch the salmon swimming up stream to spawn, and then die.
A tram that connects to another level.
Ah, it is that time: shopping time!
I love it. "Shipping Included to the Lower 48 States & Canada." It is not often that you see that. And someone omitted Hawaii.
Goodbye Creek Street.
So many choices.
Lots of space to sit.
And stare outside
I get the AK Sampler which consists of Bering sea cod, local silver salmon, and local halibut.
After filling our bellies, we head back to the cruiseline.
I head back up to the Crow's Nest, and run into Fred from Canada AGAIN.
We sit back, relax, and talk about life, and appreciate the last Alaskan views that we are going to see as we depart Ketchikan, Alaska and head back to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Around Martini time, I head back down to the Atrium, and get a few Martinis.
And then later, it is dress up time for our second and last Gala Dinner.
The whole crew is here.
I order the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with Brandy cocktail sauce.
And the Foie Gras with Apple Tarte Tatin.
I excuse myself from the table for a moment, and made the mistake of leaving my unlocked phone around.
Now you know what I had to deal with. :-)
Next up is the Roasted Parsnip Soup with crispy kale, and pumpkin seed oil
And an admiring the ring moment.
Followed up by the Surf and Turf: filet mignon, lobster tail, herb garlic butter, basmati rice, and sauteed vegetables.
Grandma Bonny spends some quality time with Ciaran.
I also get the Tiramisu.
After dinner, my mom plays Grandma and takes care of Ciaran for a while.
I head over to listen to the Jazz band.
And later join Mark, Bonny, Marcy, and my sis at the Piano bar for some lively entertainment.