We had two more stops in Alaska, Juneau (the state capital) and Ketchikan.
The weather in Juneau was not too good, but we still enjoyed watching the small planes take off and land on the water! We didn’t have time to do the bus brewery tours, so popped into a local bar for beer and chips.
Ketchikan was a short, but quite sweet trip. We went to see the Alaskan Lumberjack Show . Watching them saw, throw axes, chop tree trunks, climb high and also roll on the logs in water was good fun. We were divided into supporting one of two teams – US or Canada. One of the guys demonstrated his wood carving skills with a Stihl chainsaw and the result was a small chair, which he donated to Seamus. Shay got stage fright and ran back to his seat as soon as I let go to shake the lumberjacks hand, leaving me centre stage – thanks Shay! We had to say to the guy at the end of the show that it wouldn’t fit into the backpack, by which time, Seamus decided to sit on it! Orla got a free postcard for cheering so well for the US team. We all enjoyed the show and had a fab time. Thank you Lumberjacks.
We then went to Creek Street, which is a historic part of town on stilts, and includes Dolly’s House, home to the last madam of the town. Then of course, we headed to a bar to sample a local beer.
One of the highlights was popping past Ketchikan Fire Station. When the fireman saw us near the building, we were invited in and the kids got to sit on the fire truck. Thank you, it made our day.
We’re still looking for bears, moose and other native wildlife, and we have much preferred spotting the wooden sculptures and toy ones to the hunters’ ‘trophies’ taxidermy ones seen everywhere in Alaska!
So now we head towards Canada for a brief visit there. Vancouver, here we come!