Coffee has become a popular beverage in this generation were living in today. For one cup of coffee at B&D, it’s about $6. So the question is, how much money do high schoolers spend on coffee a week? B&D has never struggled with making a profit. B&D barista Elizabeth Young said that B&D collects a high amount a day spent on coffee. “We make around $1000 a day on a good day,” said Young. “In a weeks average, we make about $6000-$7000.” Whenever you go to buy a coffee for the first time at B&D they give you a free punch card. Every time you buy a coffee after that, they punch a new hole in the card that you give them. Once you have 10 punches you get a free coffee and enter your punch card into a drawing for a prize or free trip. A filled punch card at B&D is a total of about $50 – $60 dollars spent on coffee. The business collects close to 120 punch cards just in one week. “During my shift, I collect about five punch cards a day,” said Young. “Combined with others, we get a total of about 120 punch cards a week.” With 120 punch cards rolling in, how much of those are from high schoolers? Junior Morgan Tiffany said she finds herself at B&D quite often throughout the span of a week, which stacks up a lot of punch cards. “I probably go to B&D 5 times a week, multiple times a day,” said Tiffany. “It takes me about a week and a half to go through a punch card, so I spend about $40 a week I’d say.” Lunch hour is a busy time for B&D because of its location being near the school. Barista, Elizabeth Young said she sees a lot of high schoolers throughout the span of lunch hour coming to get drinks. “I’d say we see about 30 or 40 high schoolers a day,” said Young. “But during the lunch rush, we get about 15-20 kids just between the hour of 12-1pm.” Why is B&D so much more popular than Starbucks though? Junior Molly O’Brien likes B&D because of the convenience of it compared to other coffee places in town. “I like B&D because I don’t have to go out of my way to get it,” said O’Brien. “It’s on my way to school in the morning, and I can get anything I want without having to wait a long time and without having to get out of my car.” Coffee has certainly made its way into this generation as a favored beverage by not only adults but by teens as well. And it’s here to stay for a while.
There are 13,376 people in town today. That would be the 4th largest city in Alaska. That’s 26,752 eyeballs (ideally) 133,760 fingers (hopefully) 133,760 toes (theoretically) Average Snapchat user opens the app 18 times daily so it will likely be accessed 240,768 times in Ketchikan today. Jack.ramsay just posted him arriving in Ketchikan on a cruise line. Codieannie “making his way downtown, walking fast, faces pass and he’s homebound” at Ketchikan Creek. Ketchikan is light__catcher’s favorite town so far. The average person has seven social media accounts that roughly adds up to 93632 active accounts roaming Ketchikan. The average person spends about two hours on social media each day. If I begged a dollar from each of them, I could fly to the Bahamas ($1441) stay at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau ($186) for 45 nights and back with $3500 for spending money. Or I could take the ferry to Wrangell and back 110 times. If I wanted, I could get berths take all my friends, and go six times. I could buy a 2016 Nissan Versa SV with only 34,000 miles on it. I would be able to pay for one year of college tuition at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. 1 in 10 people have athlete’s foot making an extra 1,300 people wandering around Ketchikan with it. This is what I think about when Leah stops and lets half the town cross in front of me.
The sun’s out, AP tests are over, and you guessed it! Tourist season has returned! Everyone is figuring out where they are going to work. Some people work behind the counter, some give tours, and others guide visitors across the street. The crossing guards are very important when it comes to tourist season. Without them, tourists would probably get run over regularly. Jacinda Leighton is a returning crossing guard and is ready to take on the challenge again. “You always know something bad could happen in the back of your mind but I try not to let it bother me too much,” Leighton said. “A lot of people can be very rude and not listen, because of that they can put themselves in certain situations. Nobody wants to be responsible if something bad happens which can be tough”. Kiely Bryce had her first day on the job recently and is super excited to be a crossing guard this season. “I heard about [the job] from Jacinda and Leah [Benning] and it seemed fun so I am trying it,” Bryce said. “My first day was good, easier than I thought it would be. I’m really excited to interact with tourists and to get to work outside. I’m not scared but I am aware so I’ll be careful obviously and ready if that time comes.” Leighton has been on the job since last year. Every day usually runs smoothly and no one gets hurt. However, there was once a time where someone almost actually did get hurt. She recalls her one and only close call with tourists and wants to set a standard for future recruits like Bryce. “There was this one time at the end of the day, and I was crossing the road. The tourists already crossed and I was heading back to my post. There was this bus driver who almost hit me and then proceeded to almost hit not only the crossing guard but the tourists at the other post while running through our signs,” said Leighton. “It was really bad. I actually had to push the tourists out of the way. We eventually talked it out with the bus company and reported it.” 2013 Kayhi graduate, Jacob Potts, has been working as a crossing guard for quite some time now. He recently got promoted to Street lead for his 5th season. He loves his job and can’t imagine working anywhere else. The sun coming out is making him ready to get back to work and be with his friends in the outdoors. “All of my friends worked here and with the flexible schedule with good pay. It’s nice to come back here. And as long as your calm, it’s pretty easy and fun,” said Potts. “It can be stressful at some points, miserable in the rain but in the end a ton of fun. The job is easier if your outgoing, talk to the tourists and be funny with them. They love it.”
Ok, you looked online, saw beautiful pictures of clear days, big fish, and whales watching kayakers so you booked your tickets to Ketchikan. Good job. Here’s what you need to know:
The hike to the Deer Mountain trailhead is almost as long and painful as the hike itself. Your khakis and button-ups aren’t going to cut it. Either call a cab to escort you up or forget it. There’s nothing sadder than seeing poor 8-year old Billy being forced up the mountain by his overzealous dad who was a 3rd team all-conference in high school and won’t back down from anything, and mother who looks like a Lululemon model. I have honestly thought about rolling down the window and telling them to turn back now. I never have, partially because it’s entertaining to see how far dad’s gotten on the way back down the hill.
It’s going to rain. Sometimes it rains and rains and rains for 25 hours a day, 8 days a week. Ketchikan averages 229 days of rainfall a year. You may see more rain in the one day you’re here than you’ve seen your entire life. And not that the plastic ponchos aren’t flattering but the locals will make fun of you for wearing it. Zero percent of people look cool while wearing a poncho. So ditch the clear plastic sheath and bring your own coat. This is a rainforest people!
While I’m on apparel. The docks are made of big long boards of wood. There’s a gap between them just big enough for the heel of your stilettos to fall into. So please don’t forget to pack your three-inch heels because I haven’t seen anyone bite it yet and this summer might be my last opportunity to. Shorts are another must. Even if it’s raining sideways you will assert your dominance over everyone by wearing shorts. And don’t even think about packing a hat and gloves because you definitely won’t need them. When everyone is back home telling their stories of their trip to Alaska, they will remember you and wish they were more like you, shorts guy.
Disclaimer, your tour guide cannot summon whales and bears at will. There are no chain link fences in the ocean or the forest, animals can roam wherever they please. The whales and bears don’t care that you paid to go see them. An authentic Alaskan experience isn’t the pictures shown in your brochure.
You will not catch a record-setting King Salmon on your 4-hour charter. Depending on how the season is going, you’ll be lucky to even catch a king. And honestly, once your fish has been processed and packaged none of your neighbors have to know that it’s just a little pinky. Also! In the same way, your whale watching guides can’t magically produce whales, all your captain can do is put four lines in the water and wait. So, don’t bug them about the lack of fish, you’re in Alaska, be grateful.
May 3rd officially kicks off the start of the 2018 tourist season in Ketchikan. It’s the busiest time of the year for the people of Ketchikan and students at Kayhi play a crucial role in the tourism industry during the summer. John Malouf owns several tour companies in the summer where he benefits from employing Kayhi students in the summer. “It would definitely make my job harder without them working for me,” said Malouf. “They do quite a lot. I hire quite a few high school kids as dock reps, salespeople, and tour guides. They are usually great employees who represent the company name well.” Students work in a variety of different locations revolving around tourism. Anywhere from selling Ketchikan merchandise, candy, popcorn, trinkets, and working for tour businesses, many students work as crossing guards in the summer as well. During the month of May, students are still attending school. It’s hard for students participating in spring sports to be able to focus on work and compete at the same time. Port and Harbors Director Steve Corporon said most of the high school students have the qualities they are looking for. “We can’t load up on high school students or we wouldn’t have enough people for the months of May and September,” said Corporon. Workers starting off crossing guards will make $14 an hour and work around nine hours a day. Without high school students, businesses would have to raise the starting pay to make the jobs appeal to adults, which can be kind of hard noting that the starting pay is already $14 an hour. “If high school students were not available in the summer to help fill out our roster we would likely have to look at offering a higher wage in order to attract more quality adults and college-age applicants,” said Corporon. Being a crossing guard isn’t the most exciting job. It involves a lot standing in the same place in the rain for long periods of time, therefore it would hard to recruit workers from the lower 48. Without students working, jobs like this would be hard to fill. “Some of the tour companies recruit college students and young adults from the lower 48 looking for an adventurous Alaskan job experience for the summer,” said Corporon. “They often even provide housing for them. We would not be in a position to be offering housing and I doubt Port Security and crossing guard positions would be perceived as ‘adventurous’ so raising our starting pay is all we could realistically do.”
Last summer I guided over 100 tourists on assorted kayak adventures. My tour is scripted but genuine and my goal is to come back safe, but also have a good experience. It’s easy to have a good time because it’s kayaking in Alaska, but there are some basics that can’t be looked over. If guided: Bring water Kayaking can be relaxing, but also vigorous and exhausting depending on your effort. In either levels of activity, I highly suggest bringing water. You are using your muscles to fight the tide or waves so your body needs to hydrate. Wear layers You never know what the weather is gonna be like, especially in Southeast Alaska. It could be super sunny one hour and then pouring down rain the next. I would definitely wear multiple layers that are easily removable. You may get hot and sweaty while paddling, but it might also be raining and blowing sideways. Just always be prepared. Waterproof everything- NO COTTON This one is especially geared to outer garments. While paddling, water comes up in your lap, you might even find yourself dipping your arm in, let me tell you, you will definitely get a little wet no matter what. The most important thing is wearing and bringing things that you can waterproof as much as possible. Any gloves that are not neoprene material are the worst things you could ever bring kayaking. Once they get wet, they will never dry and your hands will slowly become numb leaving you miserable the entire trip. Same with sweatshirts or pants, NEVER WEAR COTTON. I recommend a fleece material for warmth and a rain jacket and rain pants over. Dry Bag: The Ultimate Alaskan Purse Waterproof camera, waterproof phone case, waterproof GoPro– all these things are great, but they won’t be so great at the bottom of the ocean with the whales. A dry bag is a great solution to bringing what you want on a kayak without having to worry about waterproofing everything and making it float. The handy dandy little floating neoprene bag of goodness can fit anything and everything you would need: phone, camera, sunglasses, extra layers, snacks, water, etc. https://www.seallinegear.com/ If unguided: Bring a radio You never know what will happen out on the water, so you always want to be prepared with a communication device. When crossing major traffic areas, especially cruise ship paths, you need to do a “securite” call to make other boats aware of your crossing. They can call back on the main channel and tell you to wait for them to pass or go through. If you can’t go with me, always go with a buddy Kayaking is even more enjoyable when you have someone alongside you. But, bringing a buddy isn’t just for enjoyment purposes. You never know what is gonna happen out on the water, and it is crucial to have at least one other person with you in case of an emergency.
What did Ketchikanites do to deserve last March? Mother Nature decided to drop the atomic snow bomb on K-town for no apparent reason. I moved back here March 24 as Ketchikan was digging out of the latest blizzard and thought, “perfect, this is exactly what spring is supposed to look like”. March is supposed to be the beginning of longer days, warmer weather, and more happiness in general. Thanks to the ice-age last March brought, most spring sports were postponed and everyone totaled their cars, so it’s appropriate that people are a little bit worried about what the weather will do this year. Who knows, will everyone get buried alive again or will spring decide to make an appearance this year? “I think that the Great Raven was mad at the sin and vice that Ketchikanites took part in last year, so I’d say last March was well deserved all around,” said senior Luke Reynolds. “I think that myself and a few other upstanding citizens have earned an excellent spring, but I am a little worried because we’re being teased – we’ve seen a lot of nice weather and not a lot of increase in temperature.” March 2017’s everyday forecast went back and forth between rain and snow, but since the temperatures were consistently in the high 30s, the snow froze and covered the town in lovely brownish-white towers, and we can almost feel their ghosts haunting us to this day. Weather Underground reported that 11.74 inches of snow fell at the airport in Ketchikan, but we all know the truth. Half an episode of Shameless after the roads were cleared, there was already another inch of accumulation. But maybe global warming will kick in and this year will be different. Kayhi’s in-house philosopher, Mike Rath, said that he is optimistic about this year’s weather. “I think last year’s weather was a direct response to Mr. Marshall feeling pensive and melancholy,” said Rath. “I know that he’s a little bit happier now cause now he gets naptime and a burrito in the afternoon, so I’m expecting that the weather will be quite pleasant this spring.” Punxsutawney Phil might’ve seen his shadow this year, but the people at Kayhi forecast all sun from here on out…unless it snows.