And it's quite slippery here in the winter. Probably pretty slippery most of the time, this being smack in the middle of a temperate rain forest. Tongass, that is. The largest national rainforest in the United States.
Ketchikan is on Revillagigedo Island and the city itself is a whopping 4.1 square miles--82% land and 18% water. It's the southeastern most city in Alaska. (Alaska, I have found, is possessed of a lot of superlatives, the first of course describing its size compared with all the other states in the Union...highest zip codes assigned a US city, largest collection of standing totems, the latter two applying to Ketchikan, as a matter of fact.) I travelled to the end of the road in both directions, a few miles out of town, until I ran out of road to run on. A person could feel a little trapped, I fear, if she didn't have ready means at hand to leave when or if she wanted to. It's a bit costly to fly into the area and get across to the city by way of ferry... how you going to leave if you don't have plenty of means?