Alaska

More 5/25: Embarkation Day – Week 2

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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:

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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.

Ketchikan Creek - flowing through the Creek Street area - this was once a red light district, and you can tour Dolly's House if you want to see what a brothel looked like

Ketchikan Creek – flowing through the Creek Street area – this was once a red light district, and you can tour Dolly’s House if you want to see what a brothel looked like

 

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.

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Lou insisted on a photo of the Alaskan Railroad model locomotive.  I look like an Alien Cyborg in the reflection:

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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.

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25MayPM-14We 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:

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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.

Even the benches and trash cans are cute - this is in the waiting area at the port

Even the benches and trash cans are cute – this is in the waiting area at the port

 

The Island Princess was making announcements, trying to round up all its passengers for their departure

The Island Princess was making announcements, trying to round up all its passengers for their departure

 

The Wilderness Discoverer, dwarfed by the Island Princess

The Wilderness Discoverer, dwarfed by the Island Princess

 

There was some hanky panky taking place on the aft deck!

There was some hanky panky taking place on the aft deck!

 

Turns out - it was just some errant boots from the pile kept on board for guests

Turns out – it was just some errant boots from the pile kept onboard for guests

 

We watched the new arrivals  go through the boarding process

We watched the new arrivals go through the boarding process

 

Chris greeted everyone with the first of his many special cocktails

Chris greeted everyone with the first of his many specialty cocktails

 

Everyone gathered on Deck 3 as we cruised away from Ketchikan, and we prepared for the Emergency Muster Drill

Everyone gathered on Deck 3 as we cruised away from Ketchikan, and we prepared for the Emergency Muster Drill

 

Now, here are two mischief makers :)  This is one of the couples continuing on from the first week.

Now, here are two mischief makers *smile*.  This is one of the couples continuing on from the first week.  I thought there were 20-some people continuing into Week 2, but my notes say 14 …

 

Leaving Ketchikan

Leaving Ketchikan

 

We passed by Guardian Lighthouse as we were eating dinner.

We passed by Guardian Lighthouse as we were eating dinner.  Dinner choices included teriyaki salmon or game hen and wild rice.  Topping off the meal was a delicious chocolate decadence cake with raspberry sauce.

 

9PM, and its smooth and calm outside.  Just a hint of color in the sky.

9pm, and it’s smooth and calm outside with just a hint of color in the sky.

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.

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