Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

Jun 16, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


Our first day aboard National Geographic Quest consisted of a proper introduction to Southeast Alaska. During the early hours of the morning we left Juneau and entered Holkham Bay near the entrance to the 653,179 acres comprising Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness which was established in 1980. As we entered the waters of Endicott arm there were multiple humpbacks spotted as well as an iconic bald eagle perched upon a drifting iceberg. The first half of the day consisted of briefings as well as an introduction to digital photography by our certified photo instructor. We slowly made our way up the impressive fjord and after lunch dropped our Zodiacs for the first operation of the trip. Miraculously we escaped the rain that was evident in the not so distant mountainsides. Dawes Glacier was enhanced by cloud diffused sunlight and turned out to be a relatively active day for calving. Smiles were observed all around, and Alaska won over some new admirers.

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Ryder Redfield

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Growing up at the base of the Cascade Mountains in the tiny Oregon town of Sisters meant that Ryder was surrounded by wilderness. A childhood of hiking, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, camping, and upland bird hunting resulted in the outdoors feeling far more comfortable than hectic city streets. His passion for the outdoors has perpetually grown and, upon graduating from the University of Oregon, he embraced his wanderlust with even greater vigor. His adventures eventually led him to working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic as a photo instructor.

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