I took a float plane flight (deHaviland Beaver, six passenger, including the pilot) through the Misty Fiords while the cruise ship was docked in Ketchikan. Absolutely stunning! The weather was a mixture of sun and cloud, and there was lots of cloud through the canyons. As a result there was a fair amount of up, down and sideways as the pilot navigated through the canyons. But it also made for scenery that was stunning. The pilot was very knowledgeable and pointed out a constant stream of points of interest. The descent through a narrow canyon and landing on the fiord was an adventure in itself as the pilot could see very little of the water until he made the final turn, perhaps 60 feet above the water. We landed at the mouth of a salmon stream, and had a good view of salmon entering the creek, and the eagles that were there feeding on the fish. We did not see any sign of the bear that had been reported fishing there earlier in the day. Standing on the pontoon of the plane gave us an opportunity to sight see and to switch seats for the return flight. HINT: Ask to sit in the co-pilot's seat for one of the legs. You see more, and also get to watch the instruments (very interesting if you like flying) and listen to the chatter between the pilots and the controller on the ground.
HINT: Don't book the flight through the cruise ship. I saved $80 by booking with the rep on the dock at the foot of the gangplank. Same company and the same flight that the cruise ship would have used, I believe.
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