It's Ketchikan - it rains, a lot - and the day of our tour was no different - BUT we were going to enjoy every minute of this - I spent a lot of time pouring over tours for our Alaskan vacation/cruise and Island Wings had excellent reviews. And now I know why. We were met at our designated spot, the rain gauge, by 2 lovely ladies (so sorry I don't remember their names) They were friendly and helpful and fun. We reached the dock and watched the Lady Esther come in. I was surprised that there was such a short time between flights. This lady doesn't take a break. She obviously loves to fly. After a few explanations on how to get in the plane, we boarded, put on our headphones and seatbelts and took off. AWESOME - I don't care that it was cloudy and drizzly. I WAS IN A SEAPLANE! There was no apprehension, no fears - Michelle is a great pilot - Hey, I was putting 2 of my most valuable possessions in there, my kids, so Of course, I wanted the best and I got it. Michelle gave us commentary as we went through, pointing out waterfalls and different areas and answering any questions we had. Was it the best weather, No, but man we were flying through the fjord and it all looked good to me. It wasn't bumpy or scary, it was like floating. I felt like a little kid. It was so wonderful. Landing on the fjord, even with the drizzle was an awesome experience and getting out, although a little wet was so quiet and beautiful. We stepped out just for a while, took some pics, Michelle took some of us and off we went again. None of us had ever been in a seaplane and taking off and landing twice was so much fun. The Lady Esther is such a well maintained seaplane. Afterward the same ladies gave us the option to go back to the gauge or get dropped off at Canal St and walk back, which we did. We asked about Burger Queen (it's on walk back after overpass tunnel), which they said was good food and they were right - everyone had the burgers, fries, onion rings, except me, I had the fish and chips and we all enjoyed. So, if you're trying to decide whether to go or not - GO - just go with an open mind - Ketchikan is rainy, most of the time-If you get a nice sunny day, consider yourself very lucky and if you don't, just relax and enjoy the ride - It's beautiful, no matter what.
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