Petersburg and Leconte Bay

Jun 06, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


When we woke today, we were dockside in Petersburg. A fishing town off Mitkof Island since the turn of the 20th century, guests had several options to explore and feel out this one-of-a-kind fishing town. Many embarked on a flightseeing adventure around the high glaciered mountains, while others down below ventured their way through the muskeg (bog) on nearby Kupreanof Island. Other guests kept closer to town, going either by foot or on bike for a photo walk, or to learn about the fishing industry and life under the docks with undersea specialist Jared Berg. We spent the wealth of that afternoon exploring the nearby iceberg-filled fjord of Leconte Bay, offspring of the Leconte Glacier, the southernmost tidewater glacier in the northern hemisphere.

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John Pachuta

Naturalist

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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