LeConte Bay and Mitkof Island, Petersburg

Jun 07, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

We started our day in LeConte Bay with sunshine and icebergs. Using our nimble Zodiacs, we crossed the terminal moraine of the bay and went in search of beauteous ice. Our admiration for water changed slightly in the afternoon as thunder echoed through Petersburg and a light rain started to fall. The day continued to change and before sunset the skies were once again clear. Our activities of biking, hiking, flightseeing and general exploration of Petersburg were filled with discoveries and a justification for packing all that rain gear. Here are some reflections from our week together by some of our Global Explorers. 


Awesome and cool

Lovely and beautiful

A place to love

Snowy and cold

Knows and shows a lot

And you should visit Alaska.

—Harper, age 10


Arctic polar bears slipping from iceberg to iceberg

Near is a group of Steller sea lions resting on a rock

In a cave nearby is a brown bear resting

Mammals like the mountain goat, climbing up a hill

A bald eagle soaring through the sky

Lonely humpback looking for a mate

Sea otters and so much more!

—Quinn, age 8

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About the Author

Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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