Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ketchikan Day 3

Woke up to the sound of small float planes taking off as we had moved to the Gilmore which is downtown and only a couple blocks from the waterfront.
De Havilland Beavers and some Cessna's where cutting through the fog and rain taking folks out to the Misties (what the locals call The Misty Fjords).

We got a good deal as we showed up just in time at a vendor booth, after a leisurely breakfast, to get an offer to fill up a 6 seater Beaver, saved $110.

Will let the pics and vids tell the story.

Taking off out of Ketchikan.

Heading out to the Misties, about a 15 minute fly over.
Low Tide.
New Eddystone Rock.
"This is the central core of a 5-million-year-old volcano that is left as a 237-foot island after the softer rock surrounding the old volcano eroded away. This is in Misty Fjords National Monument, in the Tongass National Forest near Ketchikan. The park is known as "The Yosemite of the North." Usually this area is very wet (hence the "Misty" part) but we had beautiful weather with just a hint of mist in the background. The mist is actually nice, though, as it creates dozens of tiny waterfalls plunging down the steep sides of the fjords.
Capt. George Vancouver named the rock after the Eddystone Lighthouse near Cornwall, England, when he sailed through this area in 1793."
link to this quote and some "ground" pics.
In the Misties.

If it wasn't for the rain, there wouldn't be the waterfalls.
Landed out in the Misties.
Tour boat. In the video taking off we get pretty close to it.At the dock in Ketchikan after the ride.
Sirrus XM Radio, all the comforts of home?
Over the Misties

Landing out in the Fjords.

Fjord take-off

Landing in Ketchikan

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