Southeast Sea Kayaks offers several kayaking adventures, including this one which I took. A jet boat from Allen Marine (40+ knots) shuttled us to Misty Fjord where we had 6 hours to paddle, lunch, and briefly hike before the shuttle returned to take us back to Ketchikan. Zipping along on the jet boat and savoring the beautiful scenery were highlights of the trip, and that was before we even began paddling!
Fjords are glacially carved waterways with steeply sloped sides as seen in these photos. The magnificent scenery, solitude, and silence (except when a float plane landed near us) make this a true paradise.
Andrea (a teacher from New Jersey) and I were the first to participate in this new trip. Our guide, Mark, was knowledgeable about the area and well-versed in paddling, so even though it turned out that Andrea and I were experienced paddlers, this would have been an enjoyable and safe excursion for even a beginner. Southeast Sea Kayaks provided us top equipment, fiberglass Current Designs Solstice GT kayaks, the exact kayak I own back home, and it was a wonderful company to work with.
Lunch came with the tour of course and though there are few places without the steep walled canyon, we did find a nice place for our picnic lunch.
And we were able to do a little bit of hiking after we ate. All is lush green since this is a temperate rain forest.