Fox Creek and Inian Islands

May 22, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

This naturalist’s favorite day on any of our itineraries in Southeast Alaska is when we get to bring our guests to the Inian Islands. A small archipelago in the center of Icy Strait, the islands are a breakwater for the inflowing tide of nutrient-laden waters from the Pacific Ocean. It is true enough that the morning was spent at Fox Creek on Baranof Island, but the real adventure would come to occur later that afternoon at Inian Islands.

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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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David Pickar

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David Pickar is a native of Portland, Oregon. He studied anthropology at the University of Oregon, then spent several years working as a field archaeologist. Participating in excavations in countries like Jordan, Belize and Italy and in every corner of the US, allowed him to witness culture and the environment from an unusual perspective.

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