Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, Alaska

Jul 12, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

We awoke to gray skies, wind, and rain, but one shouldn’t really be surprised—this is Southeast Alaska, and we’re surrounded by the largest temperate rain forest in the world. As many a seafarer says, “There’s no such thing as bad weather—just poor clothing choices.” So we all bundled up in our warmest six layers, added rain gear on top, and headed out on expedition landing crafts to explore the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness region. The weather cleared a bit just as we began to hear the thundering booms of ice calving from South Sawyer Glacier. Winding our way back to the ship through an obstacle course of icebergs, we spotted several harbor seals lounging on the ice. Later on, we set off again via kayak or expedition landing craft to further explore the fjord and get a closer look at the glacier.

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John Pachuta


John has been interested in travelling, what can be learned from it and sharing it with others, since his days as a youth growing up in rural Ohio. A graduate of Marietta College, his first SCUBA diving course in 1980 introduced him to the underwater world, and he’s been passionate about exploring it ever since. This yearning has taken him to spectacular dive sites the world over, with extensive underwater time logged in Hawaii, the Bahamas, Thailand, Greece and Mexico.

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James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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