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Inside Passage Cruise Day3

Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

First port of call- Ketchikan.
Walked through historical town first. Like stepping into a movie set with little wooden stores (ex brothels) overlooking a rapid flowing creek.
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Creek Street
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Taxidermy services much called for.

Thousands of salmon visible attempting the 'run' up the rapids & one cheeky Harbour seal venturing up the creek to feed.
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Did the Misty Fjords catamaran tour. Not too misty as it was a beautiful sunny day- very unusual. Wonderful scenery with steep cliffs leading straight down into the ocean surrounded with hundreds of islands & multiple float planes landing. Saw plenty of Harbour seals, starfish, large striped shrimp & lots of birds, but no bears yet!
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Fantastic sunset tonight (8.30 pm)! Water tonight like a mill pond.
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Cruise

Day 1&2

Mon 18th
Went to Museum of Anthropology at BCU.Very interesting, concentrating on the First Nation People of BC. Lots of different totems & artefacts.
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The origin of Man

Made our way to check in for the boat about 1pm. Took 3 hours to get through US customs!! There were 2 boats boarding at the same time, but this is not unusual. Boat left 1 hr late! Certainly not as easy as our Carnival cruise earlier in the year.
Spent some time checking out the boat & the scenery. Land on both sides of us as we skirt the BC coast & Vancouver Is. on the other side.
Food great & plenty of entertainment to enjoy.

Tue 19th
Lazy day at sea. Land not as visible beside us as we went further out to sea. Watched last 4 episodes of Game of Thrones. Went to a variety show after dinner.

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City walk

semi-overcast 24 °C

Went for a last walk around the city today before we leave on our Inside Passage cruise tomorrow afternoon.
Made it to Bella Gelateria by opening time (11am) to be second in line to try their world famous award winning icecream. Went for Texan Pecan with sour cherry & Italian nougat & Craig had Belgian Chocolate Brownie! Have to admit, it was pretty good! The lines we have seen have been longer than 1hr waits!
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Revisited Gastown, Waterfront, Granville St shopping district .
Last drinks & dinner with Ash & Cal at Yaletown. Walked home via False Creek waterfront.
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Anyone for a square watermelon @ $200?

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Grouse Mountain

overcast 23 °C

Cal & Craig decided to do the "Grouse Grind"- climb the 2300 steps to the top of Grouse Mt, while Ash & I went shopping, then took the gondola up! Met them up the top after 1hr 20 min. Tough climb!
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Shopping @ Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
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The walkers returning.
The mountain was covered with cloud, so we had limited vision but managed to see the orphaned grizzly bears and the Lumberjack show OK. The bird show was cancelled as they couldn't fly around in the heavy cloud.
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Went to Summer Food Markets for dinner.

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Back to Vancouver

overcast 22 °C

Last night's rain cleared by about 5.30 so we went for a walk along Penticton's lake shore front. Plenty of people out & about & even swimming! Mexican al fresco for us!
Today was a long drive back to Vancouver. Stopped at Keremeos to buy fruit (orchard country), through Princeton then to the Othello Tunnells outside of Hope. These are old Kettle Valley Railway tunnels cut through the mountain, built to link East & West Canada.
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Ash worked tonight, so dinner out with Cal then walk through the city to check out the night life.

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