Ketchikan, Alaska / Vegan on Holland America Cruise, Day 6

Ketchikan, Alaska / Vegan on Holland America Cruise, Day 6

Alas, it’s another day of fog and rain, unfortunately. And another cancelled excursion. I would not be able to test out my underwater camera in Alaska’s waters during a snorkeling adventure after all. I was pretty bummed about that. As one of two cruise ships docked in port today and an all-aboard time of 6:30, we were left in Ketchikan up to our own devices. We made the most of it, exploring the area by foot and whim. Here are some highlights.

Ketchikan is an island in the middle of Tongass National Forest. It’s a slow-paced island that is haled for its Native history and art, having the largest collection of Totem poles in the world, and its fishing and timber industries. There is also colorful history in the Creek Street area, Ketchikan’s historic “red Light” district. 1

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Now the area is mostly inhabited by cruise ship tourists. And a cute seal swimming in the surrounding Ketchikan Creek. 4

I checked out an Alaskan Salvation Army thrift store, Ketchikan Dry Goods, where everything is pretty, and was amused by Chico’s sign. 5

Then, some lunch. Chinese in Ketchikan! I just had to try Good Fortune Restaurant. This is the tofu and vegetables. Pretty good for Chinese food in Alaska.6

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Then I saw this place later with “mock duck.” 9

Some Totem poles. 10

Other historic Totems preserved at the Totem Heritage Center. 11

Back on the boat, another vegan meal in the main dining room: Papaya Rainbow, cut fruit topped with coconut and a beautiful rainbow drizzle; frisse salad with diced pepper and squash, tomato and cucumber; the Vegetable Jambalaya, assorted vegetables baked in with rice, tomatoes and spices topped with grilled zucchini and eggplant; and another… fruit plate. This meal marks my eating every one of their vegan options on their vegetarian menu. But there is still more options to report on off that menu on our final day tomorrow! IMG_1626

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Current Position:
55° 13.40’ N

131° 22.49’ W