Goodbye Alaska!

Photograph of Alaskan Harbour by susan sheldon nolen

I had just one more stop before it would be time to say good-bye to Alaska. I knew I had only touched the proverbial iceberg, but what an astounding visit. I spent so much time outdoors, cold or not, just held hostage by the breathtaking beauty, and now it was time for a little reality check in Ketchikan Alaska.

Entrance sign to Ketchikan Alaska by susan sheldon nolenKetchikan was poetically charming and as the sign declares, Alaska’s First City! The entrance to the city was of course what one would expect stepping off a cruise boat. Jewellery shops galore, and endless souvenir shops for that last chance tee-shirt, all fought for the coins in the purse. I headed off toward the old historic part of town where the whore houses and dead salmon haunt the wooden boards.


I wish I could say it was a lovely amble across the raised wooden boardwalk, but what a smell. Be thankful no one has come up with smell a blog yet. It was stomach churning odour. It was that time of year and hundreds of salmon had done their bits and now were dying on the rocks, or lying about rotting.  Even the rats had had their fill. What an odour!  Fish for lunch…think I will pass! What I enjoyed was the little sign posts along the way, a great way to learn about the surroundings. The style of the signs were very fitting for the area which well…was not an area where ” proper ” ladies dare venture!

sign in Alaska by she 2014 So with the rotting fish smell overpowering, it was time to get some fresh air and go to a Lumberjack show. How can you pass that up?  It’s all good fun, loads of  axes chopping wood bits, and Lumberjacks roaring at each other. An interesting combination!

photograph of lumberjacks roaring by susan sheldon nolenThen after all the wood was chopped it was time to  climb up a pole! After this, it was time to leave say Goodnight to Alaska and even though I did not really see Alaska, I got a good feel for such an amazing place!

skyjumpershsI really could have spent a month there exploring. Well, till next time. Good night Alaska, sleep well!

Stunning photograph of Alaskan Sunset by Susan Sheldon Nolen

About susan sheldon nolen

It’s rare to catch me without coffee, a form of camera, or my beloved wire fox terriers. I love the history, the art, and it’s a massive part of my life, as I either paint, write, or get interrupted by my dogs, reminding me of the real world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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6 Responses to Goodbye Alaska!

  1. Alaska, one of my favorite places in the world. I love that you left the touristy bits behind and explored Ketchikan’s underbelly. There is so much more to see, and smell, that way. 😉

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    We seemed to have escaped that nasty smell when we visited Ketchikan, which is good, because the scent of rotting fish would about do me in…

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