Day 10 of the Cruise
Today, our last cruising day, we will be traveling through the Misty Fjords National Monument. Tomorrow we will disembark in Ketchikan.
We travel through the wilderness on the Behm Canal. It is more than 100 miles long and is renowned for its length and depth the latter being as much as 2,000 feet. Included among Behm Canal's many scenic wonders is New Eddystone Rock. This is a basalt tower rising 230 feet from the water's surface, just south of Rudyerd Bay. It is believed to be the core of an ancient volcanic vent that survived the glacial scouring that formed the Behm Canal.
We spent several hours around New Eddystone Rock to give passengers a chance to kayak or ride in the DIB around the island.
Misty Fiords National Monument is 22 miles east of Ketchikan. It is a spectacular collection of sea cliffs, steep fjords and rock walls rising as much as 3,000 feet straight out of the ocean. It gets its name from its nearly constant precipitation and is covered with thick rainforests that grow on nearly vertical slopes from sea level to mountaintops. Waterfalls in numbers too many to count plunge into the salt water through narrow clefts or course over great rounded granite shoulders fed by lakes and streams that absorb more than 150 inches of rainfall each year.
As we continued down the canal we enjoyed a sumptuous farewell dinner and a final Orca performance.
Not to mention a beautiful crescent moonrise bisected by a sunset-colored contrail.
Tomorrow morning we will arrive in Ketchikan and our most excellent cruise will be over. It has been a great trip, one that we may choose to repeat.