Friday, August 17, 2012

Alaska -- Day 93

What on earth is going on here?

We drove to the Alaska Marine Highway dock today. On the way, this is what we saw. If you have a boat in Haines and want to ship it to, oh say Juneau, what do you do? You load it on the boat trailer and take it to the ferry dock. It is driven onto a large sheet of green metal and tied down. Then a fork lift picks all of that up and lowers it onto a green shipping container. Apparently, the whole container, boat and all, is loaded on a freight ferry. We saw a car on top of another container. That is what it is to live on the Alaska Inside Passage. Here it is going down on the container.

After double checking the time our ferry sails on Monday, we drove on down the Lynn Canal, the fjord that runs north from the Inside Passage and is the location of both Haines and Skagway. Wikipedia states,
"Lynn Canal is an inlet (not an artificial canal) into the mainland of southeast Alaska.Lynn Canal runs about 90 miles (140 km) from the inlets of the Chilkat River south to Chatham Strait and Stephens Passage. At over 2,000 feet (610 m) in depth, Lynn Canal is the deepest fjord in North America and one of the deepest and longest in the world as well."

The scenery is stunning. I can understand why people live here.

The canal is fed by this stream where lots of salmon are spawning. We saw these folks fishing. The group included people who are parked next to us. We saw one of the party and learned one of the young boys had already caught a fish.

When we talked to them later, we learned a large brown bear had wandered up. All the anglers decided it was time to leave!

This is a view of Fort Seward, an early US Army fort in Haines. It is now privately owned and the buildings are rented for housing.

We wandered through downtown and saw beautiful flowers, like in other Alaska towns.

There is a hammer museum in Haines. We hope to visit it tomorrow. This bicycle out front tells us it will probably be really interesting.

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