Monday, September 23, 2013

Ketchikan, Alaska

Salmon Capitol of the World

Rain Capitol of Alaska

Population 8,000

Eight stars of gold on a field of blue, Alaska’s flag may it mean to you. 

     —First line of Alaska State Song

Ketchikan, located on Revillagigedo Island, the 11th largest island in the United States, is home to the most extensive collection of totem poles in the world. 

Don’t feel badly if someone tells you you’re the “low man on the totem pole.”  Often the most important figure can be found at the base, rather than the top, as is commonly believed. 

Ketchikan proved true to its reputation: RAIN.  Joe even bought himself a raincoat with a hood and I got a $2.00 deal on an end of the season umbrella. We are now guaranteed sunny weather for the whole trip!

Joe continued on his Scientific Alaskan Beer Tasting Expedition; I had my first Diet Coke of the trip. 

I see the sheets of rain outside of the Fish Pirates Saloon; a Johnny Cash sound alike is playing great tunes. Time to be brave and take the short hike back to our maritime home.

I checked the forecast for Vancouver: sunny for Wednesday and Thursday.  We will cross our fingers as currently it is raining there with 24 mph East winds.

Happy Wanderings to all of you. 

Trivia: What is the Alaska State Flower?  State Fossil?

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