George Island, Inian Islands, and Cross Sound

Jun 24, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Once again we awoke pleasantly surprised by clear skies and glassy water, which certainly isn’t the norm for southeast Alaska. National Geographic Quest entered the northwestern most waters of the region during the early hours of the morning. The day was about as full as can be with hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, Zodiac cruising and of course enjoying fine meals. The Inian Islands are always nature-rich due to the tumultuous currents churning up nutrients to be feasted upon. Bald eagles, gulls, and cormorants were out in abundance as well as the curious Steller sea lions. The wildlife highlight actually took place in an unexpected location, a small bay below the historical 18-ton, 6-foot-long 50 caliber WW2 emplacement. There in the bay, a lone humpback fed for over an hour with the most spectacular backdrop you could ever wish for. Casual hikers, moderate hikers as well as Zodiac cruisers were able to observe this beauty from all angles.

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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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