Alaska with HAL’s Zaandam Day 7: Ketchikan


We didn’t have a ship’s shorex organised but a cruise journo friend had recommended zip-lining in Bear Creek, near Ketchikan, and as we hadn’t seen any bears in the wild thought this might be our last opportunity to do so.

We booked a tour and while waiting for the 2pm meet-up wandered along historic Creek Street (Ketchikan’s original red light district) and spent a couple of hours at the fascinating Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in Main Street.

The eight-mile (13km) drive to the zip-lining centre in the Herring Cove rainforest reserve takes you along the coast and past the Saxman Totem Park, another popular attraction – impossible to squeeze in enough experiences in one short cruise stop!

Once at the centre we were transported up a steep hill in a Unimog, an open-sided all-terrain 4WD vehicle, to the outfitting chalet where we were given a thorough briefing and kitted out in harness, helmets and thick leather gloves.

Now I have long had a fear of heights but so does the friend who recommended this trip, so after the trial run (NOT hundreds of feet above the ground) thought if she could do it so could I.

Our group of six – a young honeymoon couple from Wollongong, a young couple from Ireland and us not-young couple – were in the capable hands of instructors Joe and Abbey.

The first leap from the tree platform into the unknown was terrifying but exhilarating; crossing a skybridge over a creek reminiscent of feeling sick with fear on N. Ireland’s Carrick-a-Rede bridge; but getting stuck in the middle of a line was just terrifying without any sort of exhilaration.

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Source = Sally Macmillan – Cruise Passenger
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