One’s not better than the other

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – It’s funny how a stretch of water can mark such a drastic difference in lifestyle.
This, of course, is drastic within the context of still being wild southeast Alaska.
We’re not talking about taking the IFA Ferry from Hollis and three hours later docking in Ft. Lauderdale.
But to be sure, there’s a difference between the denizens of Ketchikan and the communities on Prince of Wales Island.
Ketchikan is drenched in the tourism industry while island communities are soaked in what might be mistaken for apathy. Not much has changed in Klawock or Craig since I graduated from high school. However, Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove have undergone pretty drastic transformations, though they are far from sprawling boomtowns.
As is the case throughout southeast Alaska, one way is not better than the other. Variety and individuality are why people like to visit – to see what they don’t live on a daily basis.

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