Zipping along in our Zodiac through the narrow pass of Misty Fjords below the watchful eyes of the “stone owl,” we passed numerous waterfalls that seemed to descend from the sky. As we entered the punchbowl bay, the vista opened up to a snow-capped peak peeking through the mist above a wide, fresh green meadow of sedge grass. Our Zodiac slowly approached the meadow for some bear and bird spotting. Just when we thought the moment could not get any better, our Zodiac driver turned off the engine. As we floated, listening to the wild sounds of the Tongass National Forest, it became clear — the gift of the day was the present moment.