We had a leisurely morning, breakfast at the buffet again and back to our cabin where I took some photos so we could remember what a well designed compact little space it was. The mirrors on opposing walls really made the space seem bigger than it was. We chose to take the inside cabin and use the savings to sign on for more extra excursions. We were glad we did.
Our City Tour of Ketchikan began right after lunch. The first stop was to the fish hatchery where we saw salmon hatching and some live bald eagles that had been injured and were being cared for at the hatchery. I took photos of a rushing stream that furnished fresh water for the hatchery. Our guide showed us some wild berry bushes and berries that were ripening. They looked like raspberries but were bigger and less flavorful. The natives harvest great quantities of them and the bears love them too.
Next, our bus took us to a museum that had some very nice exhibits of native art and craft work. There were totem poles, woven baskets, bead work a stuffed bear and many useful hand made tools.
The last place we stopped was an outdoor collection of totem poles that had been brought together and mounted on special posts to preserve them from rotting. They were lifted above the ground on protective pedestals but you wouldn’t notice unless you knew where to look.
Back on board the ship there was information hung on our door about the plans to meet with the tour guide tomorrow to discuss the trip home. We were all shopped out, tired and hungry. We enjoyed another good buffet dinner and a restful evening.
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