Misty Fjords

May 13, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


The dawn of May 13th on board the National Geographic Sea Bird saw a customs and border protection boat pulling up to the stern. After a scenic cruise entering American waters, we were all clear to begin the second half of our adventure in Southeast Alaska. Dixon entrance is the body of water that guards the entrance to a legendary place called Misty Fjord. A National Monument, Misty Fjord is one of the most scenic places in coastal Alaska and a favorite among staff and crew. The afternoon’s program was to explore the waterway by kayak and inflatable boat. After paddling around the corner in the fjord, the ship weighed anchor and made a dramatic entrance thru the channel and around to the next entrance, by a spectacular waterfall. A very scenic Mother’s Day!

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James Hyde

Naturalist

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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