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    Day two started off with us arriving in Ketchikan Alaska. I poked my head outside around 6:15am as we were coming up the channel toward town.
    We were the first ship arriving this morning.
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    Behind us you can see another making its way on the path we just took.
    Hmm.. interesting way to park your boat (the one in the background)
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    This house had its plan parked out back.
    A couple of Coast Guard ships.
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    Better picture of the Coast Guard ships.
    Almost there.
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    Still trailing behind..
    Some snow on the higher mountains behind the town.
    Dock workers waiting for us to arrive.
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    The bridge marks the way to Creek Street along the Ketchikan Creek
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    Where Front Street turns to Mill St.
    All is quiet on Mission St.
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    This statue is called The Rock Statues... I like how they name things in Alaska.. easy to remember.
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    Notice the long stairway on the right leading down to Front Street. Seems like that would be miserable to do in the winter.
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    Lines being pulled ashore, 6:55am..
    The NCL ship pulled in about the same time, it caught up as we slowly docked.
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    Eagle Park
    Looking out the other side of the ship now, this was around 7:30am.
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    This boat had a helicopter on it.
    Tour buses lined up to take people from the ship on various excursions.
    Guests being organized before boarding.
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    Heading ashore... around 7:30am.
    Nice signage to direct guests to their tours. We did not have one today and just walked the town.
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    Stopped by the visitor center.
    The ships that were due in today and their departure times. They had the two Princess times backwards.
    A creative bench.
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    Eagle Park from the ground.
    As you walked around town there were signs with the history and interesting factoids.
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    The large staircase from ground level.
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    Another of the signs (last one I did not take them all).
    Walking along Front St.
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    Looking up Dock Street
    Mission St. features the Welcome to Ketchikan sign.
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    Also a rain gauge, they receive a lot in this part of the country.
    The Rock..
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    Continuing on where Front St. turns to become Mill St.
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    A map to help you navigate town. It consisted of a handful of streets only.
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    The Lumberjack show had a gift shop and stage area dockside for the most part if you were interested in attending.
    A tour heading back toward the ship already (8:20am)
    The theater for the Logging Show.
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    A wider picture to show you how close it is to the ships.
    Down in the creek a jelly fish was visible. No salmon this time of year.
    The famous Creek Street.
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    A listing of the shops along the street.
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    If you are looking for a business venture a storefront is available. Wonder if the monthly rent goes down in the winter when no cruise ships are around?
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    A fair amount of Deadliest Catch merchandise around.
    The Funicular tram takes you to the top of the mountain.
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    Looking back where we just walked.
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    Looking up the Ketchikan Creek
    Not sure what this building was.. but it overlooked the area.
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    Took the Married Mans Trail up the Creek.
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    Walkways leading further up (will explore those in a few pages).
    Decided to stay on level ground first.
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    You can follow the trail up to a salmon ladder
    The ladder is on the left
    A better picture.
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    The waterfall the ladder helps the fish with.
    Some random flowers for all you plant fans out there.
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    Decided to hike up the trail to the top of the mountain.
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    Through the trees you can see the water and cruise ships.
    At the top is the Cape Fox Lodge (which is where the tram takes you).
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    You can get an unobstructed view of the mountains from here.
    Inside looking out a window and down Mill St.
    Mission St
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    There is our ship to the right. On the top of the hill we are not much higher than the top deck of the ship.
    The tram making its way up.
    The lobby of the Lodge.
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    Some totem poles out front of the Lodge.
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    Worked my way back to Creek Street.
    For you Star Wars fans..
    Here you can see the walkway I was on near that building along the creek.
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    The Raven Stealing the Sun Totem Pole
    The sign for the pole.
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    Looking up at the lodge I was just at.
    The back of the welcome sign does not say goodbye.. it is just blank.
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    Another ship making its way into port.
    We stood and watched them tie up. Surprised how close they let us get.
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    A whale tale bench.
    If you were curious on pricing here is the dockside rate.
    A couple of bars across the docks.
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    More jellyfish.
    Looked to be just a sitting area.
    Our ship.
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    By 10am I was back on board and went up to an upper deck to look around.
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    Something giving off some smoke in the woods.
    Creek Street in the distance.
    Can you spot the bald eagle in the center of this picture? (in person it was much more impressive and with binoculars too.. but the pictures not so much).
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    A closer cropping to help you out.
    Then the bird took flight. We stood on deck for quite a while watching the eagle fly around. Very cool to see and the pictures do not do it justice with the bad lighting and distance.
    Interesting.. wonder what happened on the edge of this cliff to the trees.
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    Another eagle sitting on top of a tree.
    Another Princess ship pulled in right in front of us.
    The other two ships were behind us.
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    Looking down to where the gangways were.
    Another attempt at an eagle in flight.
    A young eagle, it was not white yet.
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    All day long sea planes were taking off and landing in the water way as various tours departed and arrived.
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    The crews of the various ships were doing life boat drills.
    A shore excursion aboard a fishing boat making its way back to port.
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    Looks like the deck is set up so you could watch them haul a pot up.
    Made one more quick trip ashore right before lunch to look for something for someone. It was a brief 15 minute trip but the stores had really become crowded now with all four ships in and people ashore.
    Several bald eagles and another bird circling around in the distance. Again far away this is all the way in with a telephoto lens.
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    Another set of bald eagles.. one in the tree and one in flight.
    Plenty of guests on deck to watch us set sail. Unfortunately we had to wait for a couple late to board.. then had a motor issue with the gangway so were delayed almost an hour leaving.
    These dock workers waiting for the signal.
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    Since we were not going anywhere walked down to watch an ice carving demonstration near the pool.
    Can you tell what it is yet (I could not till the very end).
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    Took them about 15 minutes to get from the block of ice to this..
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    Finally underway, around 3pm
    Approaching Ketchikan international airport
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    Notice the control tower actually sits below the main runway. Kind of interesting...
    A plane coming in.
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    An Alaska state ferry
    The NCL ship set sail shortly after us.
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    Stopped by the naturalists area and looked at a map that showed whale watching opportunities, based on the original schedule so had to add 45 minutes or so to that time.
    Had a couple hours till then.. it was 4:45pm only.
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    The NCL ship still trailing behind us.
    Some harvesting going on. The scale is really hard to tell in this picture.
    Zooming in do you see the full size truck about the center of the screen on the road. This is at a full 300mm telephoto shot.
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    Another truck going down the road, looked to be water or fuel.
    Spotted a dolphin off the side of the ship. Most sea life spotting were like this for me.. not much to see in the picture..
    In the distance in the center of the shot you can see what we believed was a water spout from a whale
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    Getting closer to it, but still no clue what it is.
    Some dolphins next to us again.
    Not sure what this is..
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    The NCL ship was gaining on us and passed us.
    A log floating by. after an hour of the cold wind and mist the naturalist announced no whales in the area.. her theory a pod of orca scared them away.. my theory was there just were not any out tonight.
    Inside Cory Tabino was back again tonight on a different apparatus.
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    A brief video clip from the performance.
    This wrapped up day 3.. next stop Juneau the state capital.

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