Crabbing In Ketchikan, Alaska
We went hiking on a glacier in Juneau and we caught a glimpse of some of Alaska’s amazing wildlife in Sitka. In Ketchikan – we went crabbing! Our excursion on our last day in Alaska was a Wilderness Exploration & Crab Feast. I’ll be honest, I was sold at Crab Feast. It was another early morning; around 8am we boarded our bus that took us to about 30 minutes away to George Inlet Lodge where we boarded a small boat and headed out to find some crabs. **Insider’s tip: choose a seat towards the middle of the boat near the big table in the middle. That’s where the crab pot sits and you have the best views of the crabs on board!
The scenery was beautiful, as per usual, and our guide was the perfect combination of funny and informative. We passed by an old cannery, added a couple more bald eagle sightings to our list, and after about 20 minutes we made our stop at the crab pot. Our guide asked for a volunteer and like a know-it-all in grade school I shot my [somewhat wiggling] hand in the air the second I could tell what she was about to ask. The duty that I had volunteered for was pulling the crab pot out of the water, which was not as easy as it looked! Our guide pulled a couple crabs out of the pot and gave us a Crab Anatomy 101 crash course.
Next came the moment I was waiting for – photo ops with the crabs! I had several opportunities to hold a crab but everyone else on board had an opportunity to snap a quick pic holding a crab as well. It was an equal opportunity tour! This crab pot was for educational purposes only, so these weren’t the crabs we would be eating when we returned to the George Inlet Lodge. We set them back in water and headed back for our feast.
By the time we made it back to the lodge it was probably around 10am and our stomachs were rumbling. With such an early start we skipped breakfast so that we’d have plenty of room for all the crab we could eat. They’ve done this crab feast a time or two at the George Inlet Lodge and the servers had it down. We were quickly seated and offered beverages (you can have a beer at 10am on vacation, right?), given a quick tutorial on Dungeness crab eating techniques, then out came the giant bowls of freshly steamed Dungeness crab and warm butter.
As soon as we had almost cleared our first round of crab from our plates they came around with more. and more. and more. Who needs carbs when you have amazing, ridiculously fresh crab?! It was so delicious and I didn’t want it to end but finally we threw in the towel, saving a tiny bit of room for blueberry cheesecake.
With full, happy bellies we got back on our bus and headed back to the docks. Our ship was set to leave port at 1pm so we didn’t have a ton of time in town after the excursion, but we were still able to stop into a couple shops before leaving. Another great day in Alaska was in the books, and another excursion that I’d highly recommend to anyone visiting Ketchikan!