Flying out of Sitka Alaska in a Beaver on floats, looking to get over the island to Chatam Straight, it was common to take off in MVFR and fly up one of several fjords or bays to see if the valley/pass was open over to the corrisponding valley/fjord/bay that would take the plane out to the open water on the other side of the island and then on to intended destination. Summer weather was often MVFR and there was really no way to determine if a pass was open without just going and putting eyes on it and looking to see if you could see thru to the other side. So one day my buddy flys out of Sitka headed for Angoon, with ceilings somewhere between 500 and 1,500 feet.
Fly north to Nakwasina bay where there is a vally that takes you over to Kelp Bay on the East side of the island. Up the canyon, pass looks to be closed, canyon turn back west and no problam, we will just go up to Neva Straight and see if we can get across to Rodman Bay, or continue around the north end of the island along Peril Straight. Well, ceilings drop, drop some more, and somewhere along Peril Straight drop to about 200' and my buddy has to land.
Well, my buddy waits about an hour or three and the situation gets worse. Ceilings are now 50-100' with visibility about a mile. My buddy has a very HOT Date that night back in Sitka, and gets impatient. There aren't that many good looking gals in Sitka to start with, even fewer that are single, and he has been working on getting this one to go on a date for a long time. If he stiffs her, it might be a long time again. There is NO way he is sleeping in the back of a smelly Beaver out in the booneys overnight.
So.... 4 hours of step-taxing and slow ground effect flying later, the Beaver runs out of fuel in Sitka Sound about 5 miles short of the seaplane base. My buddy then found out that being towed into the dock by a helpful fisherman in a small town kinda doesn't impress the locals. Especially when the beaver has buzzed several other very susprised fishing boats at rock throwing distances under a 50' ceiling during the step taxi / ground effect 'flight' back to Sitka. Everybody knows everbody else, fishign boats have radios too, and the story of the dumb stunt had pretty much beat him back to the dock.
To top it off... it turns out the hot gal that he wanted to go on the date with was the daughter of the fisherman that towed his sorry ass back to the dock.