We looked forward to a leisurely take-off this morning – without the trailer in tow! Our first objective was a big breakfast at a downtown, hometown, resataurant . . . Naomi’s fit the bill. I had wonderful eggs Benedict and the home-style potatoes were noteworthy. After that we toured the little town of Prince Rupert -- in the drizzle and high 50’s temperature. We like to cruse the residential neighborhoods and get a feel for how people live day-to-day life. Homes are not especially pretty – and life does not seem very exciting in Prince Rupert.
I requested a stop at the local pet store and with Charlie Button in tow I bought her a large bag of raw blade bones and a pretty little fur-lined rain coat. We also went down to the Alaska Marine Highway office to ask a few questions about loading on the ferry tomorrow. We picked up books for our first stop – Ketchikan. Afternoon was laundry – easy because the RV park facility was right across the road from us.
For dinner we had purchased a frozen pizza and popped that in the oven. The heat of the oven helped take off the chill and dry up the damp!
Friday, June 9
Today was the big day to get on the ferry – but only after a whole day of waiting! We will get in line for the ferry at 2:00, but won’t load until later and leave dock until 6:30.
Here is a basic map of the ferry route through the inside passage; our first leg today is from Prince Rupert to Ketchikan, and we are to arrive sometime around midnight. We have directions to a church parking lot to pull in for the overnight, and then will drive to our campground in the morning.
To kill time we did another drive into the town of Prince Rupert and walked through some interesting artisan shops and strolled a little boardwalk to get a good picture of the harbor. Everything in Prince Rupert seems a little run-down, and there is just nothing appealing about the store or restaurant fronts that entices. We also observed that this is a very high concentration of Oriental peoples – running the shops, restaurants and other places of business -- and wonder what in Prince Rupert's past accounts for this influx.
We came back to the RV park at 11:30 to have time to over-think what we would be taking onto the ferry with us. We’ll each have a backpack, and we won’t be able to go down to the truck/airstream. Charlie will spend the 5 hours in the Airstream as dogs are not allowed on the ferry decks. We will be able to go down and get her whenever the ferry stops at a port. Our understanding is that the ferry has open deck and closed deck heated solariums, a cafeteria, restrooms, etc. It also has cabins for people that are going a long distance and want privacy, and tents are allowed to be set up for sleeping on one of the decks. We can't wait to see what it is all about!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown