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July 29 Ward Lake & the Library Ketchikan

It's raining it's pouring the old man is snoring. He's really snoring. It's been down pouring since we got here last night and it poured all day long. We got up and headed out to Ward Lake to a BBQ with their church.  It's beautiful. The kids thought it was the best ever because they had donuts, chips, hot dogs, watermelon, cherries and cookies. Isaak of course immediately started playing with some kids his age. Chloe and Lydia frolicked around in the woods and played horseshoes. It stopped raining for maybe 10 minutes, but other than that it picked right back up. I was sure they were going to cancel the BBQ, but again the kids seemed indifferent to all the rain. Some of them were even kayaking. I was too busy freezing! The hike around the lake is 1.5 miles and we saw a beaver den sans beaver. We walked around the Lake and it was like being submerged in the rain forest. Well it's not like being submerged in a rain forest. We were in a rain forest called the Ton…

July 28 Ketchikan Alaska

So I may be grateful that we camped out, but it literally rained all night long. And the sad news was that the sun wasn't coming out so we had to keep shaking out the rain fly repeatedly hoping for it to dry out. The good news is that it wasn't raining. The silver lining is that Isaak had so much fun playing with some kids from Smithers. They tromped around again all morning long. Isaak is brave. He saw kids running around and immediately went over to get involved in the game with no hesitation. They welcomed him instantly. I think it may have been Isaak's favorite campground because of how much fun he had. It made packing up wet stuff much easier. The rain fly was almost dry when we had to roll up the tent and get headed to Prince Rupert to check in for our ferry. We hoped to leave around 930-10am, but we didn't We wanted to go check out a preserve, but we plainly ran out of time. Prince Rupert is a cute little beachy port town. We did drive through downtown and had l…

July 27 Pruddhomme Lake

First Nations Day. We stayed at the K'san campground, which is next to a museum about the Gitxsan Indians, which were actually divided up into four clans: the Fireweed, Frog, Eagle and Wolf.  The K'san campground is actually on a first nations land.  We saw some of the amazing totem poles that they erected and learned some of the stories behind them.  We are slowly becoming berry experts. There are so many wild berries in BC. The First Nations used them for all kinds of purposes. Sphagnum moss was used for diapers and for menstrual pads. They used some for medicine.  For example blueberry juice was used for coughs and teas from chokecherry helped with stomach issues. They dried out berries cakes for the winter in this elaborate process then they ate the dried cakes plain or put them in soups. They used the leaves for teas and often times used the bark to make arrows or other things that they needed. They also used the juice from mashing the berries for dye. The woman and child…