O'Sullivan family travels and beyond

Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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So now we head towards Canada for a brief visit there. Vancouver, here we come!


Author: threekidsintow

We are Caroline and Ian. We recently undertook an adventure, packing up everything and travelling with our three children. Our blog started as a way of capturing our memories of the preparation and interesting aspects of our journey. After a twist of fate, we're back in the UK much sooner than expected so who knows what's next for us now we're back home with our three kids in tow!

2 thoughts on “Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska

  1. Wow off to Canada James dream destination. Looking forward to hearing about your trip there as we will go one day.

    Loved Shays chair pity you can’t take it back. Looked like an awesome show though. You must all be having such an amazing experience. Love reading about it thank you for your blog updates xx


    • Hi Kim, although we won’t be in Canada for long, I will be happy to share anything which helps … including details of a nice airbnb house/appartment we are in at the moment in Vancouver which has been a great place to stay.


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