Friday, August 8, 2014

Ketchikan, AK 8/8/2014

On the road again Friday August 8
Totem Bight State Historical Park  (Bight means a shallow bay)  
As part of the New Deal during the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps came to this area and hired skilled Native artists who could recreate old crumbling poles and train apprentices, to keep the art form alive. We wandered the grounds and continued to learn more about how to interpret the symbols on poles.
Linda marveling over the roots and the height of the trees.

 100 years ago when a totem pole fell they were left to deteriorate.  
Clan House
 Inside the Clan House.  It looks large but families were multi generational.
House pillar


In this moist rainforest trees find it easy to grow any where.
Famous Creek Street

The many levels of Ketchikan.
The Rock:  Chief Johnson, The Logger; The Fisher, The Miner, The Aviator, A Native Elder Woman, and an Elegant Lady.
Approaching the tunnel on the main street and  "Staircase streets" are seen all over.

Saying good by to Ketchikan on our ferry ride to Prince Rupert (a 90 mile ride.)
People living on a nearby island.
Three Roadtreks on the ferry.  We have been traveling with Tom and Linda from Florida.
We met Marie and Frank, Roadtrekers from Iowa.  They got on the ferry in Ketchikan.  
They had been there visiting their niece and family.

We arrived Saturday August 9 about 12:45 am in Canada!  So every vehicle had to go through Customs.  We were able to catch a little sleep on the ferry but still tired and trying not
to be impatient as Customs seemed to take so long.  But maybe only 20 or 30 minutes.

We stayed at Walmart with about 20 vehicles.

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