Friday, August 26, 2011

Worth A Look...

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Advice to live by

Everyone wishes they could go back in time knowing what they know now. Since that's not possible, the next best thing is to listen to advice from those that have been there ...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Last Frontier!

We're home at last... after 17 hours of travel on the return flights! Our plane from Ketchikan was delayed by several hours due to bad weather in Juneau, which means we missed the early flight from Seattle to Ontario. Arrived home at 1 am!

Would we do it again? Absolutely!!!

Our visit with Bill, Becca and the kids was awesome! And Bill is a fantastic chef (who knew?). He prepared his soon-to-be famous Curry Chicken, and we even managed to snag the recipe for the glaze. Thanks Bill!

Becca had a welcome basket waiting for us, with towels, newspaper and flyers on things to do in the area. It was our first time seeing Liam in person. What a cutie he is. The girls were equally fun to be with.

Our hosts took us to visit downtown, then out south of town to see a group of bears out in the wild! Another trip with Becca took us to the far north of town to Settlers Cove, which is a beautiful camping area.

During our visit several people asked about the original "Ketchikan" hoodies Robbin and I were wearing (shown in the top photo). We proudly told them that Becca was the designer, and had them available for sale. Luckily we got ours before she was sold out!

The Ketchikan area is absolutely beautiful with lots of forest and wide open spaces. We have a DVD with many pictures and lots of video. If you're interested, let me know. Here are a few photos from our trip to Alaska.

Photos include "bath night" for Liam; Becca with wild huckleberries in the forest; Bill with Liam at the library; Artwork by Becca on display at a local gallery. We also got some great video on our trip and I'll be making a DVD for our memory collection.

Here's a link to all the photos on PhotoBucket: KETCHIKAN

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Visiting Bill & Becca

Here are some random shots from our visit with Bill, Becca, Bailey, Bristol and Liam. You can click on any of them to enlarge the photo. We leave for home tomorrow.

Invasion of Ketchikan?

Seems the cruise lines have figured out a way to increase their share of the business along their routes. We learned that most of those cute little shops right along the waterfront are actually owned (or in partnership) with the cruise lines!

In other words, the original Ketchikan wasn't "authentic" enough, so they've created a town that the cruise lines feel is more appealing to the tourist crowd!

Now, this doesn't make the authentic "local" shops happy, as they are open all year round and pretty much are the same as they've been for the past 100 or so years.

Photo at right shows a big cruise ship dominating one end of town (there were 4 big ships in port when this was taken), while the sign on an "original" business (below) gives their viewpoint.