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Another Day in Ketchikan

Airship Goes to Alaska 2016

Last night's sunset from Airship:


We originally thought we'd leave town today and head around to Misty Fjords and Behm Canal, but we got focused working for quite a few hours this morning here on the boat and decided we'd wait and leave tomorrow morning instead. Around noon we took a break for lunch and a little exploring, and headed across the street to a very well-liked local spot called Burger Queen. It's tiny, and doesn't look like much from the outside, but whoa! What a great burger! (The fries were perfect as well.) All the tables inside were filled by noon, so we sat outside. This'll give you a feel for the unglamourousness that is the Burger Queen outdoor seating (two picnic tables on the side of the road):


No one cares. The burgers are amazing. We both got Sriracha bacon burgers and shared some fries and…well, just go there if you're in Ketchikan and you want a burger. You'll be glad you did. 

Next we thought we'd hop on the bus and go down to the Saxman Totem Park to look at some totems. I went to Saxman last year while I was hanging in Ketchikan and Kevin went to San Jose for business, and I thought he should see it. Plus, it'd be a nice outing…the weather was mild…gray but not raining. We missed the bus by about 5 minutes, and the next one wasn't due for another hour, so we decided to walk (about 2.5 miles further down the road).  This was fine, since we'd just had burgers and fries for lunch. 

By the time we arrived, the guy at the booth where you pay your $5 entry fee said they were just closing up (there was no one in sight) and that we could wander around for free. Sweet! I only took a couple photos, because pretty soon two tour busses full of people showed up. 

The clan house:


Aw, I didn't mean to cut off the halibut's head:



We caught the bus back downtown (I'm breaking in my new tennies at a frantic pace!) and are now back at Airship doing…you guessed it…a bit more work. We'll cook up some salmon for dinner tonight and head out in the morning. 

Oh yeah, this was a funny scene yesterday morning. This is the Ruby Princess (the giant cruise ship the Orange County couple was from)…that yellow/orange vehicle backed up to the entrance is the Duck Tour.


If you were following our trip last year, you might remember we were docked RIGHT next to the boat ramp where these babies launched, playing (loudly) the theme from Hawaii Five-O and then Gilligan's Island…over, and over, and over again. Anyway, they pull RIGHT UP TO THE CRUISE SHIP DOOR. How perfect.