I left Skagway by ferry, heading south to Prince Rupert on a two-day journey through the Inside Passage. Earlier on my wanderings, I had bumped into a Swiss mother and daughter and they ended up on the same boat ride. We passed glaciers and a whale pod during the relaxing hours we spent in conversation or wandering the decks.
Our ferry docked at a few Alaskan ports, but it was only Ketchikan that caught our attention. We decided to visit Totem Bright just out of town on Revillagigedo Island. We were not only treated to a display of beautiful First Nation buildings and totem poles but introduced to more at Potlatch Park nearby. It was rainy but that didn’t deter from the impressive art.
Back in the town, the streets were quiet. We were lucky to have docked when cruise ships weren’t in port. As we browsed a corner shop, another couple of tourists stepped into the store and started up a conversation with the owner.
“Nothing’s going to get between me and my gun,” the owner said. Meanwhile, we edged towards the door. When she sprouted that children should be taught how to shoot at gun at school, we left the shop. It was a final reminder of how thankful I am to live in Canada.