The storm followed us as we entered Ketchikan early Monday morning and it was very cold, windy and the rain blowing horizontally. People said it was very unusual to have more than a 'mist' at this time of year in their city. We heard that often the next few ports. However, undaunted, we bundled up and headed for the town and and an excursion to the many totem poles in Totem Bight Park and learn of their history and legend. We then found our way to the shopping district right by the harbor. We were one of the first cruise ships of the season and of course the locals were happy to see their business swell after a long winter. With a coupon book given us on the ship, we found lots of bargains (and otherwise), but a lot of fun. I noticed almost all the native Alaskan souveniers were 'Made in China'! Whatever did we do before China knew exactly what we would want to buy?