Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm Fjords

Jul 02, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

We awoke this morning on National Geographic Quest in the calm waters of Holkham Bay at the entrance to the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness.  This wilderness, established in 1980, is over 650,000 acres in size and surrounds both Tracy and Endicott Arm Fjords.  The morning began gently with a stretch class on the sundeck and a delicious breakfast in the dining room.  We spent the early morning hours cruising for wildlife and we were not disappointed.  Many of us on the bow were delighted to encounter some humpback whales spouting as they traveled through the glassy, calm, ice-laden waters.  Rab, our expedition leader, then introduced us to life aboard the vessel and gave us tips and tricks for kayaking, hiking, and Zodiac cruising in this awesome place. The National Geographic Global Explorers met on the sundeck for some ‘get to know you’ games and to begin work in our Field Notebooks.  Ryder offered us a great program on expedition photography and then we broke into small groups to learn more about our individual cameras.  After lunch we headed out for our first Zodiac excursions amongst the beautiful ice of Endicott Arm near Dawes Glacier.

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Eryn Bordes


Born in Southeastern United States, Eryn first discovered the beauty of nature by exploring her neighborhood loblolly pine forests. Her creative nature led her to earn a degree in art, and later expressed itself in a love of exploring the details of nature as a botanist.

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