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I drove the duck!

They let me drive the duck on the water! Those of you in Seattle may be familiar with the duck tours we have there. For those of you not in Seattle, the duck looks like this: http://www.ketchikanalaska.com/images/dock_duck.jpg and it drives on land and then drives right into the water. Here in Ketchikan when we were on the water, they asked if anyone wanted to drive it. I was the only one that volunteered, I was so excited! And I got pictures and video to prove it. :)

The tour was great and the history of the town was fascinated. It used to have 26 brothels all in a row on one street. And since alcohol was illegal at the time, they had to wait for high tide and swim under the brothels (that are on stilts) and sneak the alcohol up through trap doors.

And the most popular prostitute there was a gal named Dolly. She worked for three months before saving enough to purchase her own home on the street where the brothels are. Then she turned it into her own, with herself as the only woman working there. She worked from the age of 13 all the way until her 70's. When Alaska became a state and prostitution was outlawed, they forced all the brothels to close except hers, because she flat out refused to stop. They finally negotiated a 3 month "sale" with her and let her do business for 3 more months with a "going out of business sale" before she agreed to shut down and retire.

And girls, if you're shopping for a man, apparently Ketchikan is the place to be. The population is 7 men to every 1 woman.

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>And girls, if you're shopping for a man, apparently Ketchikan is the place to be. The population is 7 men to every 1 woman.

The women of Alaska have a saying: The odds are good, but the goods are odd. IOW you're dealing with a class of women who know that there is only one woman for every seven men and they move there anyway. On the other hand, I didn't buy my own drinks for the entire time I lived there - which was pretty sweet.