Sunday, July 21, 2013

Arrived in Ketchikan

Not much to add about our trip yesterday except that at one point, we sailed alongside a pod of humpback whales. Wow. There may have been 30-40 of them. There were spouts everywhere! They were spouting, coming up to the surface, rolling, and generally putting on a show.

One was really playful. . . he was "lobtailing" which means he would stick his tail up kinda crooked, then slap the water with it. Not the same as getting a look at the tail going straight down. He did this repeatedly--putting on a show for us. His tail was huge too. We saw probably dozens of tails as the whales dove. It was quite a sight. They were not very close to the ship, except for "lobtailer" so it wasn't a good picture opportunity. I have found that it is so hard to get good wildlife pictures that I chose to enjoy this show rather than miss it trying to capture the exact moment in a picture.

We went to our cabin and tried to get some sleep, but that was hard. The bed was comfortable, but it was just a different setup, so we didn't get much sleep.

We got up about 5:00 a.m. and saw a cruise ship outside our window. He was headed to Ketchikan as well. We got into port about 6:30 a.m., stopped at McDonald's for breakfast and checked out the town first, just doing a drive through. It seems a lot larger and more spread out than Sitka, although Sitka is larger. We chose to stay here in camp which is about 14 miles from town and rest up and get laundry done. . . then tomorrow we will go back to town and do some exploring.

Till next time. . .


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