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Ketchikan - 1st City In Alaska And The Salmon Capital Of The World

Sergey Dolya • 5 minutes read • November 9th, 2015

The first day of the cruise to 


we spent at sea, enjoying the cold Northern sun and fresh sea air. Early next morning our ship docked in the 

port of Ketchikan 

- a city that is called the First Alaska's City because most people start their journey along the biggest state of America exactly here.


is a city-store. Every house in the city center definitely has a store on the first floor. They sell mainly jewelry, souvenirs, and warm clothes. If you forgot a warm sweater or hat, here you have a chance to fill a blank space in the suitcase. 

After lunch, I sat on a small 6-seater seaplane and flew over the surroundings of the city. This was my first experience of taking off and landing on water. Interesting feelings...

Any cruise always starts with safety measures practice. On-board radio broadcasts 7 nasty hooters and all passengers are asked to go out on deck and find their lifeboat:

That day we saw nothing interesting besides the container ship:

The next morning I was woken up by the first rays of the sun, streaming through the gap in the thick curtains. I grabbed the camera and jumped out on deck, where I spent the whole day trying to see whales or dolphins:

After lunch, the wind started. It didn't bother us, but tiny boats were strongly fluttered:

During the whole day, I saw a couple of dolphins and a couple of whales. Unfortunately, the best photo of the dolphin looks like this (it was just in the air, and those spray flew from it):

Whales also didn't swim too close to the ship:

The next day in Ketchikan the sun was over. We did not see it anymore. Low clouds, constant rain and dull cold light - that's what I now associate with Alaska. 

Ketchikan is a small town, which has three ways to get to it: by water, by air, or to be born there:

Instead of cars or boats, many houses have seaplanes parked near them:

They fly here like flies - you can always see a couple of airplanes in the air:

I'll fly after lunch on a similar plane to explore the area:

Ketchikan is not only the first city of Alaska, but the world's capital of salmon. There is sooooo much of it:

Every fourth store sells canned salmon. We bought 8 of them, and salmon pasta, and a couple of bags of dried salmon to beer, and even three types of smoked salmon. I was very hungry:

I liked the advertising in front of the jewelry salon: plywood with a thickness of 5 millimeters was sticking out of the pants and somehow it had the image of a girl that was moving and saying something, inviting inside the shop. At the same time, it wasn't a projection. How they did it - I do not understand:

There were 3 other ships besides us at the port:

Through the city flows a rapid salmon river:

My attention was caught by a green house with a colorful woman in front of the entrance. It turned out it was a Brothel-Museum, which worked to the fullest during the gold rush:

We didn't go on this tour in Ketchikan, its name confused me, but in Sitka, I spent there enough time:

The last thing I want to tell you about is local beer. During lunch, I ordered a sample of 4 beers. Most of all I liked dark beer called Alaskan Amber. Everything else is very bitter and... well, in Munich at Oktoberfest they would hesitate to offer this beer to visitors:
Author: Sergeydolya
Translated by: Gian Luka

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