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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ferry Photos part 3 arrival in Ketchikan!

Okay so the last morning of our trip for some reason Kelly and I both woke up really early, like 4:30/5am. We went out on the deck and were talking to other people on the ferry. Some were getting off in Ketchikan and many were going farther up the narrows through Juneau and stopping in Haines, Alaska. Honestly I really enjoyed the company on the trip being on a boat like that you just start talking to people to pass your time more. We met all kinds of interesting people, we probably will never see any of them again but it was still nice to get to know them.


About 6am I noticed that in the distance you could see signs of life....something we hadn't really seen much of other then the pilot house in the last ferry post. Sure enough it was Ketchikan. I was really excited since this was my first real view of it other then a picture off the 'net. Honestly there are tons of pics on the internet if you google it but they really don't show the actual city or surounding area. They seem to focus on one tiny part of the city. Here is the first sight I noticed of Ketchikan. Do you see the white cruise ship in the left of the picture? They are there every day from April until the last day in September up to 7 a day!
View of the south end of town from the ferry

About 15 minutes before we tied to the ferry dock. Honestly the picture makes it look a lot bigger then it is there are only about 7 streets going up from the coast and the streets go straight up!
Of course I don't live in the city I live outside of the city and this is my beautiful view....I know you've seen it before but I really like it.

And this is the house itself again.

In the last post someone asked me if I would take the ferry again. The answer is a resounding YES! I loved it actualy. The ferry is cheaper then taking a plane although it is of course a lot longer since flying is only a few hours but where else do you get to see all that scenery? It changes all the time, with the seasons and storms and just with time. I loved seeing it all and I never tire of seeing whales and eagles, etc.

Of course where we are now I get to see that almost everyday. Yesterday I was watching 2 seals playing in the water just outside my house in the water. Today a pod of Killer Wales swam by blowing and diving. Sunday I watched the eagle in the tree next to my house drop her eaglet into the water near the beach to learn how to fly. It was awesome to see. Especially the concern she had for him. She was above in the tree but with her "eagle eye" zeroed in on him the whole time. I got a few pictures I will share. They could be better and if they are larger you can see him better but I'm not sure if blogger will let you do that, sometimes it doesn't work.

He did this alot standing on the rock with his wings open but took a long time before he tried to fly and at first only flew a few feet at a time.


In this picture he doesn't look so much like and eagle but apparently it takes awhile for them to get their "bald" heads like the eagle in the picture below this one.



23 people had something to say:

la bellina mammina said...

Cool pictures Terri - for the view, I will choose the ferry anytime - if I don't get seasick!
Thanks for sharing.:-)

HeiressChild said...

hi terri, what great up-close science and geography lessons for your children too. beats reading it in a book any day. i've always wanted to visit alaska, especially during the time (summer, i think) when it stays light longer. i don't know if i could deal with the winters though.

frannie said...

how amazing that you get to see such wonderful stuff right outside your window! what a blessed life!

Steffi said...

Wonderful pictures again!The nature there looks really peaceful.

nailgirl said...

Great photos Terri. Sorry I have been a bad commenter. I lurk every day though. I dont know if you ever saw my question about your house or not. I was wondering how this new house compares to your old house? Is it bigger square footage or bedroom wise or cheaper then your other one?

Melanie said...

Great pictures. I've really enjoyed seeing these. It's hard to see what your house looks like in that picture though- I think you'll have to take another picture from a different angle.

Was the ferry kind of like a short cruise? What was your room like?

Karmyn R said...

That huge ship makes the town look even tinier.

My husband's best friend lived in Alaska (moved to California 3 years ago). He owned a little gift shop - I think it was Ketchican, but I might be wrong. Anyway - when the big cruise ships started coming - they moved the docks and his business went under because it was no longer on the tourist path.

ChrisB said...

You have some amazing wild life right on your doorstep. This is wonderful for the children to see.

mcewen said...

Ooo I could do with a jot of that peace and quiet, but even the view would do at the moment.
Cheers

dawn said...

Those are awesome photos of the eagle. It sounds like a wonderful trip by ferry, and I agree, it would be wonderful to see all that scenery. Thanks for sharing your trip.

Blue Tissue Box said...

Hopped over from M's blog to see if you posted your house pictures. Instead, I saw your beautiful photos of Alaska. I am SOOO jealous! Definitely going to read more entries today to see what placed you in Ketchikan!! Congratulations on the move!

Andrea said...

Hey! It's my first time at your blog! :) I like it already though! I love those pictures...you especially have a beautiful view from your house! i live in the city, but I am a country girl at heart, so I would LOVE to live in the country again someday! Sounds like your ferry ride went well too! :)

Kila said...

I think you found paradise (a rather cold one, though, LOL). What a great place for kids to grow up.

Marja said...

You live in a beautiful place. I am
luckie to be able to watch these beautiful animals here as well. Although not that close to home. I escpecially love the seals. Nice blog. I add you to mine.

Beccy said...

Terri it all sounds idyillic, I'm so glad everyting is working out for you.

mind said...

Far, far better that Oregon and a wise decision to emigrate to Alaska.

Good Luck for the future

M said...

The pictures in these last few entries have been just amazing. What a wonderful journey for your family to your new home. i DEFINITELY would suggest it over a plane. That kind of experience is very uncommon! And a much better intro to the new 'world' you're living in.

What a gorgeous view. I can only imagine how peaceful and lovely it is.

Pamela said...

oh yeah... you soooo need to start a bed and breakfast and give us all discounts. :)->-<

Aquarian said...

May you fly like the Eagle within your dreams - in a place so beautiful as Alaska.

mindillusion said...

May you fly like the Eagle within your dreams - in a place so beautiful as Alaska.

Stacy said...

DO you have an extra room? It's beautiful!!!!!!!

mindillusion said...

What a view you have - now I am so so jealous....

Must admit it is far more appealing living in a location which is more private and away from the city.

Sure the kids and Kelly must luv it also.

Debbie said...

What a wonderful place to live it looks like.