Halleck Harbor of Saginaw Bay

Jul 04, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

National Geographic Quest rang in the Fourth of July with a near-midnight firework show on the night of the 3rd off the quaint town of Petersburg, complete with hot toddies, apple cider, and good company. Independence Day morning led us to Halleck Harbor of Saginaw Bay off of Kuiu Island, where we ventured out on Zodiacs to explore our first glimpse of Alaska’s temperate rainforest. Between tidal walks and kayaking/stand up paddling, we learned about the intertidal zone and soaked up the sweet Alaskan sunshine. The more adventurous souls of our group trekked out on a 3 hour bushwack, meandering their way around beaver ponds, up and over felled trees, and through thick boot-sucking mud to emerge back at the beach in Halleck Harbor.

Chatham Strait was our passageway for the afternoon, where we cruised north with the intent of finding whales, and whales we found! The start of dinner was (happily) interrupted by bubblenetting whales off the stern, visible from our window-lined dining room! It was a stellar way to wrap up Fourth of July here on National Geographic Quest – some would say better than fireworks…

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Michele Thibodeau

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Michele grew up in a small, salty beach town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which instilled in her a love for water and the outdoors. After wrapping up undergrad at UNC-Chapel Hill, she alternated between seasonal work and travel, venturing across the U.S. and beyond, to places like Australia, Iceland, Panama, Brazil, and Colombia, eventually landing in Nicaragua in 2011 to complete a 200-hour yoga teacher training.

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Ryder Redfield

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Growing up at the base of the Cascade Mountains in the tiny Oregon town of Sisters meant that Ryder was surrounded by wilderness. A childhood of hiking, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, camping, and upland bird hunting resulted in the outdoors feeling far more comfortable than hectic city streets. His passion for the outdoors has perpetually grown and, upon graduating from the University of Oregon, he embraced his wanderlust with even greater vigor. His adventures eventually led him to working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic as a photo instructor.

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