Up at 5am to line up for the 7:30 ferry to Petersburg. Doug packed up the red and white party lights as I refused to get up. Neither of us have stayed in bed while the other has driven. You really get tossed around. It’s a modern day Magic Fingers. The travel agent told us that the lounging chairs would be very comfortable for the journey. When we realized we would not get to our destination until midnight, we booked a cabin. I can’t nap but it was great to lie down and have a read and a shower. Doug took full advantage of the napping opportunities. We saw lighthouses, porpoise and many eagles. A delicious buffet dinner at 7pm.
Stumbled off the ferry at midnight and headed for the check in for the Matanuska that was leaving for Petersburg at 3am. While checking in the attendants noticed that I had been booked as a senior, outrageous! and had to change the reservation. It took 1.5 hours – oh joy! Finally got on board at 2am, went straight to our room and slept. Woke up at the first stop, Ketchikan. It is known as the ‘first city” as it is the first city served by airlines and ferries coming up from the south. We grabbed a cab and went for a quick city tour. The first industry here was canning salmon and at one point was dubbed “The Salmon Capital of the World”. Logging was also big and now it is tourism as 1 million visitors get off the cruise ships each season. There were two huge cruise ships in the bay while we were there. The stores hawk “original” carvings. Kind of criminal as anyone with any knowledge of this great art would recognize them as mass produced.
We visited the salmon hatchery, walked along Married Man’s Trail which lead to Dolly’s House, the local brothel. It still stands as it did in its heyday. Lots of photos of Dolly and the secret closet where she kept the Canadian whiskey she smuggled up from Prince Rupert during the Prohibition. Dolly’s House was closed in 1954. When she died at the age of 88 she left $250,000 to the city to maintain her house as a museum. Business had been good to Dolly.
Ketchikan Old Town
One stop shopping
Boarding the Ferry
Back on the boat and on to Petersburg. A shout out to the magnificent Harper S. Dion who turned 16 on July 3rd. Holy Smokes. Your Aunt Fanny is old! We need another Camp AF soon. Maybe in the RV. Look under your bed for the keys to a new car…………maybe not. xo
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