July 2, 2012

Funny thing about this town:  once the cruise ships leave in the late afternoon, the town (or at least this part of the town) practically shuts down.  That means eating dinner at the same few restaurants that remain open.  My recommendation for a Ketchikan dinner:  Annabelle’s Restaurant.  Favorite meal (for second night in a row):  charbroiled salmon, mashed potatoes and a glass of Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling.

We also visited the Totem Heritage Center, which preserves a collection of Tlingit and Haida totem poles from the 19th century.  Though the poles are severely weathered, it was great to see them up close accompanied by photographs of the villages from which they were recovered.

Totem pole outside Totem Heritage Center, Ketchikan, Alaska
Totem pole outside Totem Heritage Center, Ketchikan, Alaska
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Totem poles inside Totem Heritage Center (Memorial Pole, Haida, left and Mortuary Pole, Tlingit, right), Ketchikan, Alaska
Totem poles inside Totem Heritage Center (Memorial Pole, Haida, left and Mortuary Pole, Tlingit, right), Ketchikan, Alaska
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Buildings on pilings above Ketchikan Creek, historic Creek Street, Ketchikan, Alaska
Historic Creek Street, Ketchikan, Alaska
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Continue to Day 5 – Totem Bight State Historical Park

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