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A Rainy Day in Wrangell, Alaska

Monday, July 30, 2007

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We wake up to rain. Unfortunately, it will rain all day. A steady, constant, sometimes heavy rain.

Our first stop is the post office and the campground office downtown to pay for our campsite. The campground is only 8 sites and there is no office at the campground itself. Then we visit Petersburg’s museum.
It was built 5 years ago and is surprisingly very well done. Surprising, because this is not a tourist town. No cruise ships stop here, not even small ones. We end up spending close to two hours there – yes, it’s that’s good (plus it’s raining). They have two well done movies and excellent exhibits.

We pick up a few groceries and then head back to the trailer for a late lunch. We’re hoping that the rain will slow down and we can go for a hike, but that is not to be. It continues to rain hard, so around 3:30 we decide to take off and drive south to the Tongass National Forest anyway. This would be a beautiful drive if it would clear up.

The road is gravel, but fairly well maintained. The views are great. We try to do what the area residents do and just ignore the rain and continue on with whatever is planned,

but after awhile we say ‘enough’ and return to the trailer.

On the way back we stop by the road and watch a small troller bring in his catch. We’ve seen several of the small boats today trolling for salmon. The fisherman lets out a line (maybe 100 feet) with floats on. Attached to the line are lots of individual fish lines with lures on the end. At the end of the day, they bring the line in and detach each salmon individually (after bopping it with a stick to knock it out). They use this technique to catch their premium salmon. So they throw back the fish they don't want (the fish are still alive and will be fine when they're thrown back, in case you were concerned about throwing 'dead' fish back into the water):


We also stop to take a picture of an eagle sitting on a pile of rocks that someone must have built. It’s still raining so the pic is not great.

It rains the rest of the evening so we spend the evening inside packing for tomorrow’s ferry ride and watching a DVD. There's a nice view of the harbor and some crabbing pots on one side of our RV, but here is the view we get from our dining room table. Not very picturesque, but very representative of many parts of small fishing towns in Alaska.

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