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May 1 - KETCHIKAN, ALASKA

rain 44 °F
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We've arrived at our last Alaskan port, and again we boarded a catamaran early in the morning. Miriam, a Haida Clan elder, was onboard to talk about her native culture. She was also fashioning jewelry out of "Devil's Club", the wood of a native plant.

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Our destination today was Misty Fjords National Monument, more than 2 million acres of wilderness in Tongass National Forest. It was raining, of course. Even bald eagles were hunkered down in their huge nest which we stopped to see.

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No eagles - but our sharp-eyed crew spotted a black bear and her club on the beach below! This picture is one our friend Jeff was able to get with his fancy-schmancy camera. Thanks, Jeff!

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British Captain George Vancouver put most of the currently used names on the map during his mapping expedition of 1793. This is New Eddy Stone Rock, a volcanic spire rising out of the sea. In the mist and fog it seemed like a mighty sailboat to early explorers.

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We made quite a wake with our 78-foot water-jet powered catamaran as we zoomed 35 to 38 miles per hour to our destination.

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Of course, the beautiful result of all this rain is the fantastic waterfalls.

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We are in Rudyerd Bay, and in Punch Bowl Cove beneath 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs.

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Horizontal scraping and scouring by an ancient glacier are clearly visible on the granite.

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Harbor seals catching a nap

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Captain Lee and his crew provided excellent piloting and information about this part of the Inside Passage and gave us the opportunity to enjoy the pristine beauty of Misty Fjords.

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We were back on Serenity, which is docked right alongside Ketchikan, the Salmon Capital of the World.

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This welcoming committee is never bothered by the rain!

Posted by Swenigale 11:15 Archived in USA

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