Iyoukeen Peninsula

Jun 09, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


Stepping out onto deck this morning, Iyoukeen Peninsula revealed to us calm seas and sunny skies. After being dropped ashore via Zodiac, activities ranged from kayaking and paddleboarding to exploring the mossy forest.

We spotted bear, wolf, and deer tracks in the sand along the intertidal zone. Once inside the forest, we saw scat from all three species. The skeletal remains of a deer were also found along the game trail. 

A presentation the previous night regarding June 8 World Ocean’s Day prompted guests to clean up rubbish from a deserted gypsum mining camp. We hauled two large garbage bags back to National Geographic Quest with us to be disposed of properly.

After lunch, about 20 guests participated in the polar plunge and were cheered on by the others, who observed from the bow of the ship.

Presentations were offered during our afternoon cruise, followed by the farewell dinner.

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About the Author

Liberty Miller

Naturalist

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Liberty grew up with a strong love of nature, the ocean in particular. After studying photography and journalism in college, she worked as a corporate photographer in the Seattle area for many years, until finally breaking away at the age of 29 and becoming a seasonal outdoor guide. She has spent the majority of her time working in Alaska and Washington State as a kayak and hiking guide, kayak instructor, and a deckhand naturalist. 

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