Chatham Strait and Pavlof Harbor

Jun 17, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


In Southeast Alaska when you are unhappy with the weather, wait five minutes and it will most likely change and offer you something new and exciting. Everyone onboard National Geographic Venture has a greater understanding of this belief on the first full day of the trip. A little wind, rain, overcast skies and sunshine, all on a scale as grand as Alaska itself.

Our morning was spent cruising Chatham Strait in search of wildlife – and find it we did. Brown bears visiting the shoreline as we pulled anchor in the wee hours of the morning, followed by sightings of Sitka black tail deer, humpback whales, and another brown bear. In the afternoon a visit to Pavlof Harbor on Chichagof Island offered explorations by kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and our first experience walking amongst the temperate rainforest. Flora and fauna small and large made this day special for all.

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About the Author

John Mitchell

Expedition Leader

Raised in the mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado, John has always been a “child of nature,” where the natural world around him was life’s classroom.  After graduating from Colorado State University with degrees in Speech Communication and Biology, John joined Lindblad Expeditions.  Over the years with Lindblad he tried to learn every aspect of vessel operations while spending his “free time” learning all that he could from the naturalists on board.  His time off the boats was spent traveling throughout North, South, and Central America learning more about the areas.  John left “for a spell” to pursue a post-graduate degree in marine ecology in Hawaii, fell in love with island life and now calls Maui home.

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