After finishing up the flightseeing tour, we were dropped off at the Cape Fox Lodge. There, we visited with some of the people from Week 1 who were preparing to go home. We didn’t need to check in, but were able to use the meeting room to catch up on internet activities (like bill paying). We took the cute funicular down from the Cape Fox Lodge into the Creek Street Area:
Creek Street is a very “cute” part of Ketchikan. It is lined with souvenir shops, but there are also galleries, restaurants and a few drinking establishments. It reminded us of Frontierland at Disneyworld. Fortunately, today was not a crowded day since there was only one large ship in town. We enjoyed meandering around, although we didn’t buy anything other than a sweatshirt.
We found the perfect shirt for Lou! Unfortunately, we couldn’t find it in his size. I may have to track it down over the internet one of these days.
Lou insisted on a photo of the Alaskan Railroad model locomotive. I look like an Alien Cyborg in the reflection:
It was time for lunch and we had vouchers for the restaurant at Cape Fox Lodge – these were given to all passengers who were continuing on the next leg of the journey, and we each had $25 to spend for lunch! Sounds like a lot, but it wasn’t difficult to spend that in the nicer restaurants.
We chose the lightly battered halibut and a cheeseburger for lunch – I love halibut and ordered it every chance I could. We were also craving something spicy, so an order of buffalo wings with a zesty sauce fit the bill. This lunch would satisfy our need for fried foods for a week. One good thing about the Wilderness Discoverer – there was very little fried food served. That made it okay to have cookies for lunch.
After a leisurely lunch, we did some more visiting and surfing on the web, then went back for another stroll through town and took a few photos. There is also time to do a walking or bus tour. Here are some of the snapshots from the day:
We didn’t explore the more commercial part of town; the large cruise ships have brought an influx of jewelry shops and such that don’t appeal to us. Make sure you check the shop you’re buying from if you want authentic Alaskan souvenirs.
We wandered back towards the dock at 3:30pm. Boarding wasn’t until 5pm, but rumor was returnees might be allowed back onboard early. We hung out for half an hour or so, and once enough of us were there, we stormed the gangplank and took over the ship. OK, we were invited to come aboard.
After a nightcap, catching up with friends from the first week, and meeting new passengers, we went to bed eager to see what the week would bring. One of us was hoping for more wildlife, still obsessed with seeing more whales.