We arrive in Ketchikan early and have about four hours to explore this city. You really get a sense of how sparsely populated Alaska is when you find out that Ketchikan is in the top five population-wise. One thing it does have is a lot of is rain. It rains 90% of the time. With all the rain and there not being a whole lot of sunshine this far north in the winter anyway, itâ€™s not surprising that thereâ€™s a high degree of alcoholism, domestic violence and suicide.
We don our raingear and go out to explore. There are houses built on stilts and a rushing stream that flows through town. The water is teeming with salmon that are trying to go upstream to spawn. Apparently there hasnâ€™t been enough rain in the last week so the water is not quite deep enough for the king salmon to make the journey. They wonâ€™t use the fish ladder because they are too big. So they are gill to gill waiting for the water to rise.
There are also a ton of stores in Ketchikan. Selling stuff to tourists is a big industry. Iâ€™m not a good shopper but Karen and Peggy both got some pretty jewelry here.
Later, back on the boat, we play trivia for a second time and win in a tie breaker. Most of us are afraid to stick with our answers if they disagree with Johnâ€™s. We need to be braver.
Dinner, show, bar, bed.