Ketchikan sits on the Revillagugedo Island and is surrounded by the largest national forest in the US. Tongass National Forest encompasses 16.9 million acres of varied landscapes. There are mountains covered in forests, glaciers, old volcanic cones, rivers, fjords and countless lakes. This was our last port of call and it was truly amazing.
We took a combination tour, flying and boating through Misty Fjords National Monument. We left Ketchikan in a 6 passenger float plane. I was sent to the tail of the plane, which was nice because I had views out both windows. Val and Bob once again joined us on this trip. We flew over the Tongass with all of its different features. After a spectacular flight we landed on the water at an outpost in the fjord and took a boat for the float part of our trip through Misty Fjords. The first time I was in these Fjords they lived up to their name. The fjord was cloaked in mist, casting shadows and giving you the sense of a land forgotten. This time it was in bright sunshine. I missed the mist.
We went past the 250 ft tall New Eddy Rockstone. The spire is what remains of a volcano that errupted uncountable years ago. The waterfall is called Big Goat falls, because it runs out of Big Goat Lake about 1000 feet above the shore line.
We were lucky to witness an eagle swimming to shore. It caught a fish that was too heavy to carry so they use their wings as oars to get to shore. On shore, they can tear apart the fish. It was a wonderful way to spend our last day ashore in Alaska.