8.17.19 - 8.17.19 60 °F
Our last stop in Alaska is the booming island and city of Ketchikan. Over the past 20 years, it has become quite commercial, but still maintains its charm. The streams are full of salmon - thousands of them -swimming upstream to their spawning grounds.
Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town, emptying into the Tongass Narrows a short distance southeast of its downtown. "Ketchikan" comes from the Tlingit name for the creek, Kitschk-hin, the meaning of which is unclear. It may mean "the river belonging to Kitschk"; other accounts claim it means "Thundering Wings of an Eagle". In modern Tlingit this name is rendered as Kichx̱áan.
Our first stop was the Totem Heritage Center where 19th century totem poles have been preserved. This was a joint effort between the town and the Tlingit & Haida people and the poles still belong to the descendants of their makers. We then got back on the bus and headed out of town about 20 minutes to George Inlet Lodge for a crab feast of all the crab you could eat! They were wonderful. It was then back in to town to a recreation of a totem village.
Another wonderful day and the weather cooperated!