Monday, June 6, 2011

Day 6: Ketchikan

Welcome to Ketchikan. The ship didn't arrive in port until10am so I took the opportunity to catch a movie. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was playing in 2D in the Buena Vista theater at 8am. There have been lots of showings of the 3D version, but I was holding out for the 2D. The 3D antics give me a headache.

I really enjoyed the movie, and I'll recommend it to anyone who enjoys the Pirates franchise. Ian McShane does a fantastic job as Blackbeard, and I'm a sucker for Penelope Cruz. It's a sickness.

After the movie, we picked up the kid and had some lunch. Our tour was scheduled to meet in the Walt Disney theater at 12:45pm. Once gathered we were led down the gangway and to our waiting coach. Our tour took us to Totem Bight Park and then to Potlatch park. That's where they keep the totem poles in Ketchikan. I feel so jaded, but I'm just not that interested in Totem Poles. So I guess if I'm not interested in them I don't have to talk about them. This is my blog isn't it?

After the parks we were lucky enough to be able to go to the Lumberjack show. This was a strictly for tourist affair, super campy, and I loved it. The performers were actual professional lumberjacks who compete in lumberjack competitions all over the states. They did axe throwing, underhand chop, hot saw, tree climbing, and other events that I hadn't heard of. The thing that surprised me most is that these gentlemen were very large. These were not your average sized guys. The four of them must have run 6'2" 250 plus. I guess size helps when you're bucking trees in the woods.

Dinner was at Palo's which is the adult exclusive restaurant on deck 10 aft. Our waiter, Petar, was fantastic. He was very smooth, good suggestions, and intuitive service. So that makes good service, and excellent food. A pleasant way to spend an evening. I've even been inspired to take a look at eating out at better places when we get home. It's not like we don't eat out anyways. I think it would be fun to do it at a better class of place.

After dinner we checked in with Cam, still at The Edge, and then called it a night. I'm going to try and convince Cam to put together a post telling us what he did on the cruise. I think it would be a lot of fun.

Tomorrow is a day at sea. I'll let you know what happens.

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