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GTY Cruise Day 6 | john and lis
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GTY Cruise Day 6

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Today we docked at our final port of call in Ketchikan, AK. Ketchikan is a bustling fishing town with the least amount of “touristy” feel yet. It is known as Alaska’s 1st city because it is the first city you come to on your way into the state. It’s also known as the salmon capital of the world.

We decided to take a walk around town and found it pretty interesting. We ended up walking to the Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center. The hatchery is a salmon hatchery and it was interesting to see. They are strictly a replenishing facility, which means that they do not farm their salmon for food but release them into the river to make their way down to the ocean. As is the habit of salmon, they return to their birth place years later to spawn and die and at that point the hatchery staff give the meat to local nursing homes, elders and children’s facilities.

The most interesting part of the center was the eagles. They have 2 rescued bald eagles in captivity and they both had severe wing injuries and are unable to fly. They were fascinating! I’ve never been that close to an eagle before. The 2 birds seem to be rather spoiled and we were told prefer not to eat the fish that’s given to them, but will wait until someone brings bear or reindeer meat.

We met with our group again for the evening session where John led worship and Kory sang a solo. MacArthur wrapped up our study on John 17 where Jesus gives the final reason for His prayer - that we would be filled with His joy. What an encouraging time together!

We headed once again for the dining room and enjoyed another delicious meal. We were told there was a karaoke competition later on and so we made our way up to the Crow’s Nest to scope out the competition. John and Kory tossed around the idea of singing, but then decided not to - good thing! The other singers were, um, unfit for an American Idol rejects reel. It was entertaining, none the less, and we had a good laugh.

Stay tuned!


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