Monthly Archives: July 2015

Alaska- Totem Bight State Park


Man wearing Bear Hat

Man wearing bear hat

At the beginning of July, we spent several weeks in Alaska. On the first segment of our trip we visited Anchorage and Denali and the second segment was a cruise through the inside passage. My primary reason for going on the cruise was to visit Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park. I never tire of these and each time we go (this was our third visit) I am more impressed than ever. We visited several ports and at our stop in Ketchikan, visited Totem Bight State Park. With more than 80 poles throughout the city, Ketchikan has one of the worlds largest collections of Totems. One of the best locations to view them is at Totem Bight State Park. Here there is a collection of 14 poles, copies of originals carved long ago by skilled Tlingit and Haida craftsmen There is also a replica of an ancient Community or Clan House. This is all located on 33 acres of lush rainforest overlooking the Tongass Narrows that was once a traditional Tlingit fish camp known as Mud Bight. There is well maintained trail through the rain forest (which reminded me of Olympic National Park) as well as ample signage and a great brochure to make self navigating easy. Continue reading »

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