Ketchikan.

We stayed here a few days, we needed groceries, wine, and wanted to take a look around.     The Old town part, where our marina was, is interesting to walk through, amazing how some of these houses have been built, against the cliff, held up by huge timbers, a road runs along the cliff, also built basically in the air, its all suspended,and held in place by the cliffs. We liked the old part, found a nice coffee shop, and watched life go by for a while. Then we walked to the cruise ship docks….there, it feels like you are in a totally different town, everything is “new” looking, all very clean, all very expensive, tons of advertising, the stores are for all the cruiseship people, apparently the cruiseship companies put them there, just for that purpose, these stores close again when the ships stop coming.  People everywhere, hordes of them, huge lineups for going back on the ships, no one would smile, or say hello, a different world……We watched things for a while, and took some pictures, then went back to “our ” part of Ketchikan. We chatted with a couple from the sailboat next to us,Steve and Ginger from  SV SEA JAY, they were on there way south, and thought we were totally crazy to go north at that time. But, they gave us the names of some very beautiful anchorages, and we went to most of them. They are from the States but keep the boat in Sointula B.C. for the winter. The weather was not too bad, a least it didnt rain.

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