Our First Port — Ketchikan

Ketchikan, the first city on the inside passage, 500 miles north of Seattle, welcomed the eight of us on Sunday, July 5. Its population — currently 8,781 — is twice that of Rosanne and Warren's home town of Arnold, California.
Beyond T-shirt and souvenir shopping, Ketchikan is a delight, built into steep hills and partly propped on wooden pilings, with boardwalks, wooden staircases, and totem poles dotted throughout. By 1886, white settlers had opened the first of dozens of canneries in what was soon to be the "salmon capital of the world."
The state's fourth largest city is a strong contender for the nation's wettest; annual precipitation averages 160 inches (nearly 14 feet!). But when we visited, it was sunny and hot: ±80° F. The eight of us left our winter coats aboard ship and took a long, pleasant stroll to the outskirts of town. Warren enjoyed a free ride in a wheelchair, compliments of the group's alternating "mushers," Murray and Denis.
The highlight of our walking tour were the stops we made at nearby Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center and Totem Heritage Center.


To see what this first port offered us and our cameras, click here to enjoy our Ketchikan photo album.