Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Day 8 Ketchikan, Alaska

The third day of our cruise through the Inside Passage began early.  We'd set the alarm for 7 am and were wide awake by 6 am.  We had scheduled a tour with the ship for today.  Leaves at 9:30 am by bus from the dock. 
Went up to breakfast about 8am.. hard to find a table as everybody was getting ready to get off of the ship.  Shared a table with the same couple that I sat next to at the amazing show  last night.  They have brought folding bicycles with then and rode them to the village where we visited.
Found a table and played the first hand of our daily hand and foot card game. About 9 we put on our heaviest jackets and checked off of the ship.  As soon as we got on the docks we began attempting to get the wifi working to pick up emails and send the 3 blogs I wrote during the last two days.  Success but had trouble with the blogs.  Finally, by the time we returned from the tour 2 of the 3 had published.  I rebooted my phones several times.
The tour was terrific.  Large bus took us eight miles out of town to the Saxman Village if the Tlingits tribes.  The oldest surviving tribes in alaska.  They told us their history,  taught us some words and did several of their tribal dances.  Near the end of the show they invited some tourists to join them for one of the dances.  No, I didn't volunteer.  Then we visited the  totem poles, listened to the stories about their history and went into the carving shop for a demonstration.  Soon we were on the bus to town where we walked to the red light district that is built on stilts along the river. 
Back on the ship we enjoyed lunch and then finished our card game before dressing for dinner at 5 pm.  This evening I went to the show and Jim did the classical music again.  The comedian was so good I'm hoping to talk Jim into going to the 9:30 show.  Another great  day.

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