Glacier Bay National Park

Aug 21, 2017 - National Geographic Quest


Mondays are never a favorite day during the week, but this week our Monday was epic. We entered Glacier Bay National Park early in the morning to pick up our guest park ranger and cultural interpreter. Sailing north into the Park we first stopped at South Marble Island to take in the huge array of wildlife, from Sea Lions to Puffins. Next we cruised further to Gloomy Knob and Tidal Inlet to see Mountain Goats and Brown Bears fishing in the stream. Soon after we found ourselves at the dramatic Margerie and Grand Pacific Glacier, the great icy architect of Glacier Bay. A day full of sightseeing and presentations was topped by a visit to the small town of Gusdavis and evening walks as the sun set behind the mountains. 

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James Hyde

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James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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