5.1.16 - 5.1.16 44 °F
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Of course, the beautiful result of all this rain is the fantastic waterfalls.
We are in Rudyerd Bay, and in Punch Bowl Cove beneath 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs.
Horizontal scraping and scouring by an ancient glacier are clearly visible on the granite.
Harbor seals catching a nap
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.
We were back on Serenity, which is docked right alongside Ketchikan, the Salmon Capital of the World.
This welcoming committee is never bothered by the rain!