Petersburg, Alaska

May 08, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


The weather gods of the great land continued to bestow their weather blessings on us today, with clear skies and mild winds, as we continued to journey northward through Ernest Sound and into the Wrangell Narrows. This 21-mile narrow body of water is the southern entrance to the fishing village of Petersburg, snugly situated on the eastern edge of Kupreanof Island. With a population of approximately 3,300 people, many of whom proudly claim a Norwegian heritage, this authentic fishing village was our port of call for the day. Many ventured into town to explore the shops and museums, while others hopped on a bike for a fun way to explore the few roads, trails, and forest that frame this beautiful town. Others took to the skies for a flightseeing adventure over the nearby glaciers, mountains, and fjords, or hiked the boardwalk over the muskeg (aka bog) on nearby Mitkof Island. Our evening dinner was, of course, a Dungeness crab feast, followed by an evening lecture on the ecology of succession.

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John Pachuta

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John has been interested in travelling, what can be learned from it and sharing it with others, since his days as a youth growing up in rural Ohio. A graduate of Marietta College, his first SCUBA diving course in 1980 introduced him to the underwater world, and he’s been passionate about exploring it ever since. This yearning has taken him to spectacular dive sites the world over, with extensive underwater time logged in Hawaii, the Bahamas, Thailand, Greece and Mexico.

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