Ellen Hall
Our bus driver, Dave, was a hoot and he drove us to George Inlet Lodge. We went downstairs from the street level to the shore line (76 steps!), donned rain gear and boarded the covered pontoon boat. It was a 15 min boat ride to the cove where the crab pots were placed. They stopped twice along the way as wildlife was sited, two eagles and a young brown bear! They explained that the crabs they caught in the pots were released every day, because their permit was as a research group, rather than to harvest. The Dungeness crabs looked similar to blue crabs, but twice the size. They were also much less active than the blue crabs I was used to seeing, you could hold them in your hand and they didn’t try to pinch you. We were at the cove for about an hour, and then we rode back to the Lodge for lunch. The waitresses at the lodge were very entertaining. We sat at a table with a couple that was cruising on the Sapphire Princess. The crab was delicious and they came around with seconds, then thirds for those who wanted them. We rode a mini-van back up the hill to the road, boarded the bus and Dave drove us back to town. He gave us an unscheduled drive thru the Saxman Village and told us about the totem poles there. Check Our Our  Ketchikan Shore Excursions

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