This is the entrance to Creek Street, which actually isn't a street at all. It's a creek, with houses built along the banks. Nowadays, they are mostly tourist shops, although a few are run be year-round residents.
Salmon hatching is the livelihood of many Ketchikan residents. Each year, thousands of salmon swim up this creek to spawn.
A view down Creek Street.
Adjacent to Creek Street is a funicular which we took up the side of a hill to a lodge at the top. This is the view looking out of the funicular.
Some totem poles displayed at the top of the hill.
We found the Totem Heritage Center but decided that the admission was too expensive, so we just took pictures outside.
I looked cooler than Helen.
We took a tour of the salmon hatchery. Each set of pools held salmon at different stages of growth.
A display showing the progression from new eggs to baby salmon.
As soon as the guide threw some food in, the salmon went wild.
There was a fish ladder that adult salmon would swim up against.
Some live salmon displayed in the gift shop.
The salmon hatchery owns two bald eagles. They were allowed to be in captivity due to their permanent injury (one of them was missing a wing) which rendered them unable to survive in the wild. I was happy to be able to take close-up pictures of bald eagles after failing to do so on our kayaking trip in Juneau.
Despite missing a wing, the male bald eagle was able to get onto the branch.
Helen, trying a different kind of smile in front of the creek used by the salmon to spawn.
Me experimenting with shutter speed...
We returned to the shops by the creek.
Standing on the balcony of a shop.
Strolling back towards the cruise.
An interesting bald eagle statue resembling the style of a totem pole.