Haines, Alaska

Jun 11, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird


Haines is such a great little town—a classic Alaskan town with a small harbor, eagle restoration center, and quite a robust library. It also happens to be the adventure capital of Alaska, and guests aboard National Geographic Sea Bird had ample opportunities to explore it today.

It didn’t really matter whether we had rain or shine in Haines, because activities took place either way. It just so happened that the day was a bit cloudy with some moisture on the breeze. That didn’t stop people from participating in any number of activities, including biking to Chilkat Lake or taking a canoe safari there. One group climbed more than 1,000 feet toward the summit of Mount Riley, and another group stayed close to sea level and hiked to Battery Point. Some went flightseeing, others rafted the Chilkoot River. No matter what we did, we all had a truly wonderful time.

When we weren’t out exploring Haines by bike, foot, boat, or plane, we had the opportunity to visit one of several museums in town. The Haines Sheldon Museum gave us a bit of the human history of the area. For those interested in hammers, well, one of the world’s largest hammers happens to sit outside the Hammer Museum, right here in Haines! The museum itself hosts an incredible array of hammers crafted throughout history, with stories of what said hammers themselves crafted! A fun place for sure.

Our full day of events ended with a full meal: a feast of crab and ribs. We gathered around the table to eat and shared stories about the day in the adventure capital of Alaska.

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About the Author

David Jaffe

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

For more than 20 years David Jaffe has guided and taught a variety of audiences about our natural world and our connection with it. His childhood interest in natural systems eventually brought him to Evergreen State College where he earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Geology, followed by a M.S in Applied Ecology from the University of Vermont. Mingling an academic background with experience working around the world in exceptionally diverse environments, he is able to efficiently observe, understand, and interpret natural and cultural history.

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