Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ketchikan, Alaska

On Thursday May 7, we arrived in Ketchikan. It was another relatively early start and the weather looked very promising again. We were blessed with unusually beautiful blue days for the majority of our cruise.

Ketchikan is an old gold mining and timber mill town with a population of 14,000 which doubles in the summer season when there can be up to eight cruise ships in port at the same time. Fortunately we were the only one in port and the fourth for the season. Tourism is the main industry in Ketchikan, as well as being home to the best totem pole carver in the world.


Our excursion was titled "Magical Misty Fjords by Float Plane". It wasn't misty, but it sure was magical! Our float plane had 10 passengers each with a window and it was a 1960 de Havilland Otter with a very experienced pilot.
What started as a gorgeous blue-sky day, soon turned into a rather cloudy day; the first day we'd had like this since arriving in Alaska!

The scenery was just breathtaking, passing over forests, lakes...




Snow-capped mountains...


Frozen lakes...




And landing on Big Goat Lake...

We all braved it out onto the plane floats for a better view and to experience the majesty and serenity of this remote landscape...


Soon, we were airborne again and, on return to town, we flew along the fjord, called the Behm canal.



Linking with these memes:

http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com.au/                        http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com.au/


http://skyley.blogspot.com.au/            http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com.au/

18 comments:

Erica Sta said...

Thank you for posting this ... Wonderful wild landscapes!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, Alaska is gorgeous! Awesome scenic and lovely shots.

Laura said...

Magnificent views, thanks for taking us with you!

Juliana said...

Amazing beauty of wild nature!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :)

Brian King said...

What gorgeous photos!

Bas said...

wat is dit mooi wat een geweldig mooi landschap.

Bob Bushell said...

On the wings and a prayer, beautiful.

ladyfi said...

What gorgeous scenery!

Felicia said...

this would be the best way to see all that gorgeous scenery.

fantastic images.

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

Wow! These are just gorgeous

Dorothee said...

great series of photos! thanks for sharing.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Thanks for the tour, and great photos! The float plane must have been a wonderful experience.

Barb said...

Your photos are breathtaking! I feel as though I'm seeing this beautiful landscape myself. What an adventure!

Kalp anaa said...

Was delighted to see this series of fantastic photos. Feel as though I visited cool cool Alaska.

Michael S-B said...

Gorgeous landscapes, wonderful reflections and informative story-telling. Thanks Liz ❤️

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Amazing photos and so different to Australia. Very special!

Bernie H said...

Such incredible views!

EG CameraGirl said...

Amazingly beautiful!

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