|John & me on the ferry from the airport to Ketchikan AK|
|Sunset over Tongass Narrows|
|Late evening view of Ketchikan from Cape Fox Lodge|
On Saturday, August 24th we had some time to spare before our ferry ride, so we had a great time exploring Ketchikan. The historic boardwalk along Ketchikan Creek included the old red-light district and the Totem Heritage Center was another must-see.
|Morning fog view of Ketchikan from Cape Fox Lodge|
|Mary and Steve at breakfast - so excited to be here!|
|Ketchikan Creek Historic District|
|You'll want to click on this one to read it - pretty entertaining! |
Dolly was one of the more famous of Ketchikan's "sporting women".
|Totem Heritage Center|
In mid-afternoon we got on the Inter-Island Ferry for the 3-hour trip over to the small community of Hollis on Prince of Wales Island. Curt & Diane's sons have an awesome compound near Klawock, including a great little 3-bedroom cabin where we all stayed. The guys went out fishing several times, all of us went once, we..... How about if I just do a little photographic snapshot of our time on "the island"?
|This map shows the fishing trips (the Wednesday trip is the one we all went on).|
|Ry is an expert beachcomber!|
|Sandy Beach just north of Thorne Bay|
|Ry and Lilly looking for treasures at Sandy Beach|
|Bill helping little fisherman Ry|
|Grandma leading Lilly and Ry on an adventure|
|Daddy teaching Ry and Lilly which crab are legal to keep|
|These kids are expert boaters already!|
|Diane, Mary, John and Steve relaxing after dinner|
|Pretty peaceful, isn't it?|
|Time to go fishing! Here's Myassa hanging out at the back of the boat.|
|Mary and Diane - ready to catch something...|
|Dave showing Mary's halibut. |
Be sure to ask Steve about the one that got away...
It's a pretty good story!
|Mary is having a blast showing off her red snapper.|
|And, Steve was in heaven when he caught this beaut! |
Too bad it didn't stay in the fish well....
|One happy, happy guy - this would be heaven for Steve!|
|John hooked one, too.|
|First mate, Curt, at the helm.|
|This is probably one of my favorite memories of our time in Alaska:|
looking out over the wake on a gorgeous body of water on a sunny day...
|What a day. It doesn't get much better than this.|
|Not bad for a day on the water!|
|Diane, Mary & I went to see the Klawock Totem Park one day.|
|Here's a panoramic of the totem park|
|Maybe this is what a totem graveyard looks like...|
|Even old totems can support new life.|
|One day Steve, Mary, John & I drove to Kasaan to see their totem park.|
|John & Mary wandering down the path to the totem park.|
|This felt like a very spiritual place and it was enjoyable being the only people there.|
|Close-up of one of the totems|
|Some of the totems are quite tall.|
|Chief Sonihat's Whale House - a traditional Haida long house.|
|Interior of the Whale House which was used for ceremonies.|
|Mary would loved to have taken this driftwood home for her garden!|
|Chief Sonihat's gravestone in the cemetery. |
He died in 1912 at the age of 75 years.
|Steve, Mary & John. Wonderful day!|
Sunday, September 1. Time to get back to the real world... Back to Ketchikan on the ferry at 8:00 a.m....
|So long, Prince of Wales Island. It's been awesome!|
...and then onto a plane from Ketchikan to Seattle at 1:30. Didn't get back to Walla Walla till 8:30 p.m. Long day, but such a fun trip! We can't thank David and Bill & Katie enough for a wonderful vacation. We've wanted to do this for years and it was awesome to finally see this special place that we've heard so much about.