Tonight is our last night in Ketchikan. After much vacillation around our next move, we settled down and bought tickets back to Sitka, where we will spend three days, before heading back to Juneau, then Haines and home. One of our original plans (yes there was more than one) was to do just this, but after reading the Milepost we thought the ferry only ran to and from Sitka every seven days. Though that didn’t seem right we knew we didn’t want to spend that much time there so we decided to pass. The truth is the ferry runs to Sitka daily, which makes more sense. Suggestion: Don’t trust the Milepost for issues involving the Alaska Marine Highway System.
Our last day was spent getting things packed and ready for tomorrow. We went back out to Ward Lake to have a place where we could spread our junk out in peace. We stopped by the sporting goods store and bought an air horn (I’ve been told they work on bears. Hopefully we won’t have to test that theory). We also, spent time with Kelsey. She made us a spaghetti dinner. Last night she made bacon wrapped halibut. Yes, she treated her parent’s right. She also bought us Ketchikan, Alaska pullover sweatshirts as a going away gift. Not wanting to blend in with the cruise passengers, I wouldn’t have stood in line to buy one, but I am very happy that she did!
Our last major excursion around Ketchikan was yesterday when we went out to Settler’s Point and walked the short Upper Lunch Creek Falls Trail through the rain forest. Settlers point is at the end of the road heading north out of town and has several trails leading into the forest. The one we took was the shortest. It was fun to see the large trees and intense greenery which we do not get in Anchorage. The trail is groomed and has a narrow boardwalk over parts that would otherwise be wet and muddy, and I am sure it saves the undergrowth from being trampled as well. In several spots you could walk down to the beach, which we did. Very scenic. We watched kayaks slip by, which would be a great way to see the area. We will have to get some kayaking in the next time we are in town.
I’m not sure when I will be around an internet connection again. I suppose the Sitka library will have access and I will be able to go that route again. If not I will keep writing and post with pictures when I am able.