There are plenty of hiking trails for visitors to explore. Here is a view from the trail at Connel Lake. When trees fall in the rainforest they are quickly absorbed in the food chain. These two trees are covered by moss. If they were on the forest floor, in a handful of years sediment would surround the trees, and the wood would continue to rot and disintegrate eventually leaving behind hollows that people can fall into and get hurt, or even lost. There are stories of people who go into the woods and never return.
There is a story about a fairly famous American actor who bought this multi-million dollar boat and had it sent ahead of him. He arrived in Ketchikan and got about 50 miles out before running aground on a well-marked rock. The gossip is that he said something to the effect of, “There is a rock around here somewhere.” BUMP.
When visiting Ketchikan pedistrians should always use the crosswalks! The residents of Ketchikan have a very hard time understanding why tourist have to take their sweet old time to cross the street especially when there are rope fences, signs stating to use the crosswalks, they even have crossing guards! Wny can't the tourist read when they go on vacation? Why is it that they always have to cross in the middle of the road, especially on a curve and never look to see where they are going? Most every time they end up stuck out in the street because of the roped fences along the curbs. Do you suppose that just maybe there is a reason for these fences? I sure hope tourist read this and understand that local residents have places to go, people to see and jobs and appointments to go to daily and the tourist continually stand in the roads taking pictures, moving slowly, and not paying any attention to where they are going. I think the cruise ships ought to give them walking lessons before they get off the ship along with a test and if they pass it they may get off the ship, otherwise your stuck on your ship! I also wonder if the tourists know how many accidents are caused due to their inability to pay attention, ya know one can get struck by a car, the roads are very narrow, and I hear that every so often there is a pedistrian who does end up getting hit, hhmmmm. Also, bike riders can't seem to read the signs either cause they travel down the highway right next to a very nice bike path and prefer to stay on a tight and narrow road with no room for bikes and cars. You'd think if they were smart enough to put on a helmet then maybe they could read a sign and stay on the bike path, I guess they'd like to have some sense knocked into them too!
Ketchikan is one of the rainiest places in the United States, with rain or snow falling on most days. Bring your raingear!
You can find these pesky little critters everywhere, but this particular banana slug was on Totem Bight. This picture is at least life size, and might have even been bigger than this image!