Haines, Alaska

Jul 05, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

Haines, the adventure capital of Alaska, lies at the end of Lynn Canal, not far from Skagway in South East Alaska. Today was a day of shore excursions for us. National Geographic Sea Bird dropped anchor early in the morning, just outside Haines’ breakwater. Following a lovely breakfast, we loaded the small rubber boats and went ashore. There was a myriad of activities available in Haines.  One option was to float the scenic and iconic Chilkat River and visit the Cultural Center there, established by the indigenous caretakers of this land. Another group of guests left for a strenuous but scenic hike up nearby Mt. Riley. Still others elected to take a bike ride around town. Scenic flights were scheduled all day from the municipal airport and in a rare event, Haines and the surrounding landscapes were sunny and blue skied. What an adventurous and beautiful place indeed!

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James Hyde

Undersea Specialist

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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Mark Coger

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Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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