Ketchikan was the start of the bad weather. Many excursions were cancelled. Ours was not. We went on the ï¿½eagles, totems and lighthouseï¿½ cruise. Due to the rough seas our small boat could not go near the lighthouse. We were okay with that. And we were quite pleasantly surprised when we received a 25% refund since we missed the lighthouse.
In Skagway we took a mini bus tour to a suspension bridge in Canada. The storms had sprinkled fresh snow on the higher elevations. It was raining on us. The bus dropped some people off at the gold mining place and we went to Liarsville for a salmon bake. Coho salmon served this time. Good food, interesting singer, but not enough time to see the camp displays.
In Icy Strait Point we booked our own excursion whale watching (F.I.S.H.E.S.) with Floyd Peterson, a resident of Hoonah. Captain Floyd has a small (6 passenger) fast boat. Within minutes we saw several pods of humpback whales. After a while, Floyd asked if we wanted to look for more whale or wanted to try to see bear. We zoomed over to the shoreline across from the ship. We saw Stellar Sea Lions. Then we saw a Brown (although this oneï¿½s fur was black) bear step out and walk along the shore. He ate some fish and grass, turned and disappeared. Some sun peaked out and there were rainbows right over the whales. What a day!
In Victoria, we took the city & Butchart Gardens bus tour. We did not expect much in the way of flowers on Sept. 25th. But I was wrong. The sun came out as we arrived at the gardens. It was beautiful. The Dahlias were the seasonal feature. Some were as large as a plate. We only had 1 hour 45 minutes. Needed more time there, too.