Ketchikan Alaska, if you have had the opportunity to take an Alaskan cruise, this may have been one of your stops. My wife and I have lived here since 2008. Ketchikan is a tourist community from usually May until the end of September. We receive many cruise ships here everyday during that time. There are many wonderful and fun tours that are available here, many are outside. The problem is it rains here a lot, like 12 to 15 FEET of rain a year. So when people get off their ships there is a good chance it could be raining. Living here for so long, we know the places that most tours do not take their customers, we know “the locals areas”. Also living here so long I have enjoyed photography, so over the years I have several thousands of pictures. While I can only enjoy so many, we thought it would be a good idea to make some videos,, over the years of some that we observed. After making a few videos, we just combined them together onto a Blu-ray disc. The title of the disc is “The Ketchikan most tourist never see”. We just received our first shipment and we are just trying to sell them by word of mouth, they are not in any stores. This disc has many pictures and videos of whales, bears, eagles, totem poles, waterfalls, nature, lakes, various tours and more. It contains the videos “A day in Ketchikan”, “Kids like Ketchikan” and “The world of Ketchikan”. I will offer them here for $27 (including shipping), selling them locally they are $25. If you have never visited Ketchikan, these will give you an idea of what is here. If you have been through Ketchikan, these will be a good reminder of what you might have seen or things that you may have missed while here. These also would make a great gift for anyone with “Alaska” on their bucket list. Thank you.
The Ketchikan most tourist never see Blu-ray disc
This is a Blu-ray disc that contains many pictures as well as the videos “A day in Ketchikan”, “Kids like Ketchikan” and “The world of Ketchikan”. It has a slide show that displays most of the local totem poles. There are many pictures of eagles, whales, bears. This is the Ketchikan most never see while they visit here.
We have lived in Ketchikan Alaska for over ten years. The only way to get here is by a boat or a plane. Ketchikan is on an island. If you want to fly here, our airport, Ketchikan International Airport (KTN) is on another island.
So whether you coming or going to or from a plane, you have to catch a ferry. You can not drive directly to the airport without riding the ferry. Usually its about a 4 minute ride and it leaves both sides twice an hour. This is where there was so much talk about building “the bridge to no where” that was in the news many years back. It never passed so you must ride the ferry and work around its schedule. There are only two airports in the U.S that you can not drive directly to, one in Mass. the other in Alaska, this one.
Once at the airport the view is the best of any airport. There are incredible sunrises during the fall/winter months from it.
During the spring and summer months cruise ships pass right in front of it.
You can watch float plane take off and land in front of it also.
Alaska Airlines is the main air carrier, and Delta brings in a plane during the summer months.
From there you can also see the Ketchikan ship yard as well as Ketchikan.
There are some hiking trails also on the airport island, as well as a lake that you can hike back to if you have the time.
Also both Orcas and humpback whales can be seen in the channel from the airport as well as various birds like bald eagles, Great Blue Herion and others.
So now you know the rest of the story about the bridge to no where.
Our tourist season in SE Alaska has begun. It usually goes from May until Sep/Oct, this year it will end in Oct. When taking pictures of cruise ships, I try to not only get a picture of the whole ship, I try to get various angles or views.
Most of the time I try to get pictures without people in the way. A way that I found is once they are boarding and getting ready to leave or when they are pulling into port. Cruise ships, to me are really fun to take pictures of. I enjoy seeing and watching them. If you haven’t had a chance for a cruise, maybe this could be your year. As always, I would recommend one to SE Alaska on the inside passage.