We did not have any excursions planned for Ketchikan. We just decided to walk around and see the city. That was a good plan, because it was very walkable. When we got off the ship, it did not stay cold. It was cool, but not freezing like it had been at breakfast.
We walked around a bit, then we found the Ketchikan museum. We decided we would check it out. It was not much of a museum, but there were some interesting things there. The guy who ran it was a bit of a character. Kate asked him were we could see eagles, because she had heard about a spot where there were a lot of eagles. He said well there is this place and there is the other place. None of it really made sense, so we left.
By the time we got back to the ship, we had missed lunch, so we ordered some room service. I had a vegetarian pizza, and Kate ordered a Chicken Fajita wrap. Both were very good! Sarah decided to go to the Vibe and get something with her friends.
There was an older guy there, a local. He was talking about the salmon and telling me a lot of stories. He saw my camera and asked if I was a photographer. I told him it was a hobby. He told me about a National Geographic photographer who had been there looking for a story. The photographer saw some bulldozers knocking down some trees, so he took pictures. The story in the magazine said it showed how the loggers were clear-cutting the forest. Actually, they were knocking down the trees to build a new high school. I am not sure what happened to the photographer, but all the locals got a kick out of it since they knew the real story. As we talked, I noticed he had a hat on the ground with some money in it. I gave him a couple of dollars and thanked him for the information, and I walked on.
When I got to the top, there was a hotel and conference center. Outside the hotel were some totem poles. I took a few photos and walked around a bit. There was not much to do, so I decided to go back down. Rather than take the tram, I walked the trail. Going down was not too bad, and the view was nice. At the bottom of the trail, I went back into the gallery. I bought a couple of cards and a magnet with the Inuit art.
Walking back through the dock, I noticed some steps that went down into the water. The tide was coming in and many of the steps were under water. I wondered where the steps went, but I did not have time to wait for low tide.
After the movie, we stopped at Cadillac Lounge to have a martini. We ordered two Limone Basilicos. It was Absolut Citron, Limoncello, and muddled basil leaves. They came garnished with a basil leaf. I could not taste a lot of basil in my drink, and Kate said hers tasted too much like basil, so we traded drinks. I could taste the basil in hers. It was very good. She liked it better without too much basil in it. One was enough for Kate, but I decided to have another. I really enjoyed the combination of lemon and basil flavors.