Iyoukeen Bay

Jul 02, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird

Guests aboard National Geographic Sea Bird, docked near Chichagof Island, awoke to a cloudy morning. Soon after breakfast, shuttles began running to the island to prepare for the day’s activities—hiking, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding. Hikers could choose either a leisurely or active walk through old-growth forest to learn about ecology and watch for brown bear signs. Those who chose an aquatic approach were able to paddle and enjoy the bay while counting bald eagles at the forest’s edge; some kayakers were even greeted by a harbor seal. Our afternoon was spent cruising through Chatham Strait in the amazing company of a humpback whale.

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Hannah Rogers


Although Hannah did not grow up adventuring in the outdoors or traveling around the world, she stumbled upon these in university and it has become two of her biggest passions. From guiding multi-day backpacking trips in southern Utah, to working on glaciers and rivers around the world, she finds true joy in showing others pristine nature. After working in backcountry lodges in interior Alaska, she has fallen in love with the arctic environment. It is not uncommon for her to spend the summers in the Southern Hemisphere and Northern Hemisphere, maximizing the warm climate and sunshine. With a few months off to travel around the world in between- experiencing culture and finding the smaller remote towns to go for a hike or a backpacking trip, she leaves pieces of her heart all over the world.

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Eric Barnes

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