Time to hit the local bus for a side trip Ursula was dying to make. She had her sights on a very specific museum owned and operated by the city of Ketchikan. This particular museum is dedicated to that indigenous art form known as the Totem Pole. Today I present to you the awesome Totem Heritage Center. But let’s take one last look at the navigation bridge of the Ovation of the Seas before we hit the bus:
It didn’t take long for the bus to arrive, as the city runs buses at 15-minute intervals when the cruise ships are in town. From there it was about a short to the far east side of town. Where the bus drops you off the center will be to your right, but don’t miss the small stone bridge to your left before heading inside for this charming view along Ketchikan Creek:
Back toward the center is where you start encountering some very impressive totems, beginning with this sentinel alongside the center’s ramped entrance walkway:
Lighting inside the center can be rather challenging, and many photographing exhibits is made additionally challenging as many are behind reflective glass. For the later, I got very close to the glass, where I could, to minimize reflections. For the former I set the camera to Handheld Night Shot format to get around the dim lighting. Outside, however, you’re rewarded with an explosion of colors. Here is today’s photo gallery/slide show of some of what you’ll see both inside and out at the Totem Heritage Center:
Ketchikan was a one-shot deal on these two off-season Alaskan back-to-back cruises. It was a substitute on Cruise #2 for the previous cruise’s Sitka visit, as weather made Sitka an iffy docking proposition. As Ketchikan is one of our favorite Alaskan destinations, Ursula and I were not disappointed at the substitution. The weather this morning alternated between sunny and drizzly. The picture below, for instance, was taken just 59 minutes after today’s lead photo above:
We attempted to wait out the alternating weather, but finally gave in as Ursula had in mind a special visit this day. You’ll see that Ketchikan destination on Wednesday. Today, however, we concentrate on the scenes we enjoyed upon arrival.
And since we had shifted to a balcony for Cruise 2 I took full advantage of sheltered picture taking from on high. Here is a Ketchikan panorama I took at 10:29 a.m.:
Three more photos taken as we waited for a potential break in the weather:
Well, we’ve waited long enough. Time to grab umbrellas and venture out onto the streets, beginning with this dockside statue entitled “The Rock” dedicated to historical figures from Ketchikan’s past:
Coming off the ship you’ll notice Front Street curves into town while Spruce Mill Way continues parallel to the cruise dock. Here are the businesses along Spruce Mill:
But if you want a Ketchikan sign for your scrapbook, turn left instead onto Front Street, walk over a block, and get your camera ready for this sight on Mission Street:
Starting next week I’ll show you Ketchikan, which was the substitute for Sitka on Voyage 2 due to expected weather. As for today, it’s Fun Photo Friday. And, as with last week, this week displays nine favorites from our back-to-back voyages to Skagway during the off-season.