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Day 2 - Ketchikan

Where Seattle was sunny and warm, Ketchikan was everything Seattle was not. And, quite frankly, what would one expect from a place that measures its rainfall in feet rather than hundredths of inches like the rest of the world. To be fair, it started out fairly decent, with low clouds and patches of fog. We boarded a bus for the Saxman Village. After a short film about the history of the region, we hiked through the rain forest to the clan house for a demonstration of native singing and dancing. While we were enjoying the entertainment the rain started. And it wasn't just a gentle summer rain. It came down in torrents, without letting up, for the rest of the day.

I visited the Saxman village and totem pole park in 1966, and was looking forward to seeing the famous 'Oyster Boy' totem. In 1966 the boy had been vandalized and was in for repairs. Wouldn't you know it, 49 years later and he's missing again. Lots of pictures of him online, but I was disappointed once again.

We wandered around the south end of town until we were thoroughly soaked and returned to the ship to dry out.


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