Many thanks to Kathy and Catherine for searching their photos to help me out with my missing day.
First, Kathy supplied some more nice scenic shots showing just how beautiful it was cruising through the fjords.
Catherine found a few more from the morning as well, including a few shots from the polar plunge. She also found this one of me. I don’t know how I could have forgotten what looks like my own private Skiff Tour, up close and personal with that waterfall.. Thank you, Catherine, I owe you one 😏
Thanks, gals, for rescuing the day!
Catherine even has some videos.
Thanks again to Kathy and Catherine, for helping to bring our last full day to life! Beth has helped me in earlier sections of the blog as well, but her hard drive crashed so she couldn’t easily check her photos. I’m sure she also had many awesome ones, as she did very well with her new camera. And, of course, Lou always comes through with some classic shots.
It has been a struggle to reconstruct the last day’s journey without minute by minute photos. However, this map gives us a good idea of where we were and where we were going.
We came down the Behm Canal and anchored in Walker Cove. All of this is within Misty Fjords National Monument – a National Monument differs from a National Park in that it protects objects or wilderness areas of cultural, historical, and scientific value. For example, the Statue of Liberty is a National Monument.
Kathy shared these next images, taken after lunch, as we began to travel towards Ketchikan.
And some more from Lou:
This is such a beautiful area. We were feeling fortunate to have had the opportunity to play in Misty Fjords, and to soak up the reflections of the shore line, and grandeur of the fjords.
We woke up – always a good thing – in Walker Cove, a beautiful and serene body of water where the reflections were mesmerizing, especially when the water was totally calm.
My photos for this day have gone missing, but fortunately Lou saved the day by capturing the morning activities. Kathy has supplied some shots from the afternoon, and I’ve got Catherine & Beth scouring their archives.
Perhaps an 8:30am start was too early for these two sleepy heads, but they soon recovered and were off for a long kayak paddle.
It is impossible to capture a photo of all four of the Holmes family looking ahead and smiling:
We’ll continue with some Alaska photos, since there’s not much else happening. We ended our first week of cruising in Ketchikan. After we got off the ship, we were picked up and taken to Island Wings – we had booked a flightseeing tour over Misty Fjords. I wasn’t sure how this would be, since we had just cruised through the area on the boat. It turned out to be a fantastic trip. The weather was cloudy and not too warm – perfect for the flight.
Yesterday, we had an invitation to visit with our neighbors. It was nice to meet them and we are happy to know we have such nice neighbors.
We continue to slowly settle in to the house here in Maine. The weather has been hot / humid / rainy / cold – every thing you can imagine in the last week.
I wanted to include some more photos from Alaska. I think I will actually do a separate small blog on the Alaska trip, so anyone who wants more detail can follow it there – and we’ll have it as a reference. I’ll let you know when it is up. For now, I’ll just continue to share some highlights here.
Week 1 Cruise – We’ve already shared a number of photos from Week 1, which was the Eastern Coves of the Inside Passage, from Juneau to Ketchikan. Highlights included the weather – which was sunny for the whole week once we left Juneau, the scenery, and getting to know folks on board the boat. The two most scenic areas occurred on the first day and the last day of our cruise. We showed the photos from Sawyer Glacier at Tracy Arm. On the last full cruising day, we cruised into Misty Fjords National Monument and anchored for the morning. Misty Fjords is also called the Yosemite of the North – high granite cliffs, lots of waterfalls, and a misty cloud covering. It was drop dead gorgeous. We had a wonderful skiff tour; the water was so calm and clear, the reflections were magical:
Before we pulled up anchor at lunchtime, it was time for the Polar Plunge. Crazy People had the opportunity to jump into 45+ degree water to go for a swim. Nuts! Needless to say, we were smart and just watched the craziness:
The rest of the afternoon was spent cruising through Misty Fjords and onto an anchorage close to Ketchikan, where we would end Week 1 the next day. This is a very special place, and one you shouldn’t miss if you have an opportunity to visit.