Monday, June 12
First I’ll finish up a few pictures from last evening. Our neighbor-lady (Kitty) gave us these beautiful crab for dinner. She is a recent widow, but carries on in wonderful tradition living in a titanic motor home here in the summer and on the Baja Peninsula in the winter. She is waiting for her boat to be delivered and will spend the summer fishing and crabbing! She’s in her late 60’s!
After dinner we left our perch overlooking the Tongass Narrows and strolled down along the docks as the workers were putting the boats to bed for the evening. From there we could look back up at the Silvermine! Before bed, we topped the day off with long, hot, showers in the beautiful individual bath/shower combinations!
First up this Monday morning was another hike. This one left from the Elementary School, just 1 mile down the road. It started out as a boggy mountain meadow, and then eased its way into the typical Alaskan rainforest. The big difference with this hike is that there was a lot of up and down! When we were going up – we wished we were going down; when we were going down – we wished we were going up! Even with temps in the 50’s, we worked up a sweat – what my father, hiking in the Smoky Mts. used to call “boiling your water!”
We got back to the Silvermine to prepare for our Misty Fjords 4-hour boat trip, just to receive a text message that the trip was cancelled – due to boat trouble. Now, are we HAPPY they identified the problem before the trip set out – or sad because the trip was cancelled?
Well, the good news is that we are in Ketchikan, Alaska – and there is plenty to do! We noticed a contingent of eagles flying around the harbor, and headed out for a better view. This guy conveniently perched down on the harbor sign, and he stayed put while I got several different pictures. He is a young bald eagle.
We bedded Charlie down in the camper and took off towards town with our eye on a fish and chip dinner. . . our first meal out this vacation. We had seen the Alaska Fish House yesterday with a long line of people and figured it must be good. We were early, the line was short, and we both ordered the silver salmon fish and chips lunch basket. It was good!
We had not driven all of the Tongass Highway on the island, so we set out for the 10-mile portion that we had not seen. It was a good way to spend the afternoon because it was a bit drizzly! Coming back through Ketchikan, I took a picture of the tunnel that we had been through many times; I had just read that it is the only tunnel in the world that you can go through, around, or over! I think that is noteworthy!
At the campground I gave Charlie Button a quick bath and did two loads of laundry. We are in good order to leave out in the morning to get on the ferry -- destination Wrangell. BTW...a pod of four or five whales (possible Orcas) just passed through the channel in front of us. They were too far away to photograph, but we could clearly see their spouts and flukes as they swam past.
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