Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Run Run As Fast As You Can, You Can't Catch Me, I'm In Ketchikan

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?

Oh say...were we speaking of totems?