|Areas of muskeg|
It was great for me because I could see for myself the alpine environment and the amount of area covered in muskeg. Although I had learned about the alpine lakes and the muskeg, reading and hearing about them is not the same as seeing them.
|Granite and snow, high in Misty Fjords National Monument|
|Inside the float plane|
|Glacial lakes dot the inland areas|
|Pennock Island from the air|
|Bald Eagle coming in for landing|
|Immature Bald Eagle on tied logs and mature about to land|
|Bald Eagle sits along the shoreline|
Besides the visit from Chris, I have had several other visitors. One morning as we were loading the smaller boat for the trip up George Inlet to the old, now defunct salmon cannery, who should walk down the dock but Daryce and Kim Walton. These are old friends from my days working in Antioch. Lee, Daryce's husband was the City Manager there and hired me. Lee had skipped the tour but we made arrangments to meet back at the dock when I finished my work day and we enjoyed a beer together. After leaving Antioch, Lee and Daryce moved to Bainbridge Island in WA and Lin and I visited there a couple of times and I visited on my own later. It was fun to see them.
Then my cousin Bonnie wrote to say her good friend Kathie and her husband would be coming in by cruise ship. Although that was a work day for me, I had a late shift. Kathie and I met for coffee in the early morning. Although we had met at various functions with Bonnie, we had never had much time to get acquainted. The idea was to meet and I would give her info on things to see and do in Ketchikan. We ended up having a couple cups of coffee and lots of conversation. We plan to get together when I get back to the Bay Area.
That same day Mary and Elaine were due in on their cruise. They have been to Ketchikan several times and didn't need any local sightseeing info. I left Kathie to explore on her own and headed to the little bakery\coffee shop where I told Mary and Elaine I would meet them. These are RV friends who I see at various places around the west and whose wedding I attended in 2008. We had about an hour and a half to visit, starting with more coffee (I was wired for work that day) and then they walked me to my dock and we took our time and visited along the way and on the deck overlooking the dock.