I recently returned from a week of nature, fresh air. and adventure in Ketchikan, Alaska. The purpose of my trip was to share in my niece’s graduation. I was blessed to watch her graduate on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
I experienced rain and sun and had the opportunity to explore several areas of the island, as well as a couple of days on the water (and some fun on an uninhabited neighboring island).
As Alaska’s “First City”, located in the southeast part of the state, the annual rainfall averages 141 inches per year! Every sunny day is a happy one. However, with their dependance on rain, too many dry days will have some homeowners rationing water or having to purchase water to fill their water reservoirs.
Having lived six years in Ketchikan back in the 80’s, I’m familiar with the long rainy seasons.
Many thanks to my brother for playing tour guide as we walked along beaches, strolled downtown (in the rain), and experienced the open sea. Below are a few photos from the downtown area. I’ll share some additional posts with more of my favorite photos.
Rain or shine, Alaska is a beautiful adventure!
PS: Although they were not yet hatched, I also learned that my favorite insect, the dragonfly, is the Alaksa State Insect! Who knew?
I saw several cruise ships. I was told the number of people in town was lower than normal. We heard that fewer people are actually getting off the ship because of the COVID testing and monitoring. Hopefully as the summer progresses the number of tourists who get out and enjoy the town will increase. Tourism is a key economic factor for the residents.
You can’t call it an adventure unless it’s tinged with danger. The greatest danger in life, though, is not taking the adventure at all. To have the objective of a life of ease is death. I think we’ve all got to go after our own Everest.