|Welcome to Ketchikan|
I would never have thought in a million years that my 300th post for this blog would come from a place thousands of miles away from Worthing. Indeed this is from one of the furthest places away I have ever been, the small city of Ketchikan, billed as being the salmon capital of the World. I was here because I was lucky enough to have come on a cruise from Washington and the first port of call in Alaska was this fishing port. The cruise terminal is right in the heart of the city and is clearly a place geared up for cruise passengers. Once away from the strip of shops designed to help cruise passengers part with their holiday money, Ketchikan is a rather agreeable little town and a fascinating one to wander around. I was pleased to find a self guided walk that took us around the main highlights of the place.
|Totem Pole Museum|
We crossed back over the creek for the last time and found the Totem Pole Centre. We thought this was worth a visit so we paid the small entrance fee and went inside. What we found was an interesting collection of totem poles from many different eras and a full history of how they came into being. The museum took nearly an hour of our time and really should not be missed if you decide to do this hike.
The walk continued down the hill past the cultural centre for Ketchikan Indian Communities. A number of peoples organised themselves into a community, including Tinglit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes. It is fair to say that this community still has a big influence over the culture of the city if the totem poles and other art installations are anything to go by. At the bottom of the hill we passed by the Sun Raven totem pole. This is a replica of one that stood on nearby Tongass Island and was raised here in 2003.
|Nob Hill View|