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Ketchikan National Park

The horizontal grooves on such sheer rock cliff wall indicate that such fjords were sculpted by massive glaciers during last ice age that gouged and quarried deep U-shaped troughs with steep stone walls throughout the monument. No wonder that it was raining and misty when we were touring this beautiful and majestic fjord on August 10, At the mouth of Ketchikan Creek flowing into the Ketchikan Harbor there is the Stedman Street Bridge where tourists can see many jumping wild salmon as shown in the next picture. As Japanese and Chinese immigration to the U.

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Please press the F11 key on your keyboard to get full-screen view of photos and web page. Pressing F11 key again will return to your normal screen with various tool bars. The stunning Misty Fiords National Monument is a natural mosaic of sea cliffs, steep fjords, rock walls jutting ft straight out of the ocean, Icy blue lakes, waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, glacial valleys.

Ketchikan is the first stop in this one-week Alaska cruise. It docked at Ketchikan Harbor for about 7 hours so that tourists can get off Sapphire Princess to go on one of several excursion tours available at Ketchikan. I picked the four-and-half hour boat tour of Misty Fjords National Monument.

An inside view of the lower level of the boat for the boat tour of Misty Fjords National Monument. There is a second level. The total seating capacity is about tourists. The tour is narrated by a tour guide who provided a lot of helpful information and answered many questions from the tourists.

The horizontal grooves on such sheer rock cliff wall indicate that such fjords were sculpted by massive glaciers during last ice age that gouged and quarried deep U-shaped troughs with steep stone walls throughout the monument.

Many of the glacial U-shaped valleys were then filled with sea water to become the spectacular fjords. The walls of these U-shaped fjords are near-vertical and often rise 2, to 3, feet above sea level, Glacier National Park To Great Falls Mt also drop 1, feet below the sea level.

Zoom in for a closer view of some of the seals. In addition to gulls, there were also many other kinds of seabirds flying very fast just above the water surface.

Many seabirds use their “short” wings not only for flying in the air but also for pedalling and swimming under the water to catch fish such that their wings are “short and small” relative to those of eagles or hawks or vultures. Therefore, these seabirds have to flap their small and short wings very fast to be able to fly in the air. So the picture of such flying seabirds look like a bullet with no wing i.

This is very different from eagle or hawk which can soar and cruise leisurely high Ketchikan National Park the sky for a long time without flapping their long and broad wings. A float plane emerged from the mist, probably with tourists, show up while we were touring Misty Fjords National Monument. The pilot must be very skillful with a lot of experience in this area to fly in such heavily misty steep-walled narrow fjords on a raining day.

Due to abundance of rain, mist and moisture in this region, there are countless beautiful waterfalls cascading down the thousand-foot tall rock walls of the beautiful fjord. A fishing boat along our way going back to Ketchikan Harbor. The economy of Ketchikan is based on salmon fishing, logging and tourism.

Nearly half of all king salmon spawning and rearing streams in southeast Alaska are located within Misty Fjords. Misty Fjord National Monument is a huge area covering 2. A view of the tour cruise boat for the stunning tour of the spectacular Misty Fjords National Monument. It is a double-hull high-speed catamaran. John Muir compared this area with the fantastic Yosemite Valley in California for its similar geology and glacial morphology.

During ice ages, light-colored granite, about 50 to 70 Glacier National Park To Great Falls Mt years old Eocene Epoch to Cretaceous Period was carved by the action of glaciers in the ice ages that gouged deep U-shaped…

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