Today we hiked several trails of beautiful rainforest. Evidently, we completely forgot we were in Alaska and didn’t prepare very well for grizzly bear encounters! We forgot the bear spray! Our first hike was in the Settlers Cove State Recreation area. We took the Lunch Falls Loop Trail.
Charlie Button got to go with us, and she loved the trail. Walking the trail takes a lot longer when you have to stop and sniff!
At this point we were still going strong, so we headed for another trail -- the Ward Lake Loop Trail, winding all the way around a small lake.
We found a picnic area for our picnic lunch. Today I packed a raw meaty bone for Charlie Button to enjoy.
This is NOT a totem pole! It is a tree stump in one of the primitive campgrounds; evidently someone got a little artistic!
Speaking of campgrounds, we did scout out several wilderness campgrounds in the rainforest areas. They are all beautifully, deeply wooded, and completely without hookups -- $10 a night, and $5 for seniors! They are mostly smaller than what would accommodate the truck and the Silvermine. But, for the price of $5 – we could take two side/by/side sites and fit very nicely.
Mid-afternoon we headed back into downtown Ketchikan to scout out our meeting location for tomorrows Misty Fjords Tour. We found our meeting place and long-term parking space, and enjoyed walking the tourist ambush streets again. All four downtown berths were full with different cruise ships from yesterday! A finally stop to buy some salmon for supper, and we headed back to the Silvermine.
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