Misty Fiords National Monument




Our trip to Misty Fiords did not disappoint. We had rainy days and sunny days and fog and mist, so we could see these granite canyons in a variety of ways. They are spectacular. We decided to repeat this portion of the trip on our way back because there is more to explore. We spent two nights in Punchbowl Cove that has the granite wall most photographically represented in pictures of the Misty Fiords area. We were there for 48 hours, 36 of them completely alone. It’s amazing to me that there are still places on the planet so beautiful yet so isolated. No WiFi, no cell service, no satellite service, not even GPS tracking.  Every evening we saw a mama grizzly and her two cubs come down to a beach with a grassy area.  They ate the grass and then they ventured toward the water and ate the mussels on the beach. We were going to hike up to Punchbowl Lake, but thought better of it after seeing the mama grizzly. Thank goodness for the exercise bike and TRX equipment on the boat!  I don’t know how much hiking we’ll get to do with bears on the trail. We explored the area by dinghy and set out a crab pot.  No crab, but we caught a baby halibut!  We let him out of the trap and gave him a chance to grow up.  


 We continued on through the Monument after two nights in the cove.  We found another lovely spot in Neets Bay.



The trip to Misty Fiords brought us full circle around the island where Ketchikan is located, so after a few nights anchored out we arrived back in Ketchikan and stayed at a working marina.  Lots of crabbers and salmon fishermen are moored there .  It was our good fortune to run into a friendly fisherman who was filleting a large number of rockfish.  They are unintentionally caught in the salmon gill nets, and are not sought after by the canneries.  He was filleting them for his friends and family, and “nice people like you”!  We walked away with 7 lbs of beautiful rockfish fillets and a carcass for crab bait.  We were thrilled.  Fish tacos in our future!