Haines, Alaska

Jul 07, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird


National Geographic Sea Bird cruised Lynn Canal this morning, anchoring off Haines while the guests enjoyed their breakfast in the dining room. A hearty breakfast was essential this morning, as adventures awaited us in the adventure capital of Southeast Alaska. Flightseeing, fly-fishing, canoeing, biking, and hiking were on the table, as well as exploring the small but lively town of Haines.

The explorations of Haines set out and saw some classic flora and fauna of Southeast Alaska. Bald eagles perched in the branches above the streams and searched over the waters of the harbor for salmon. Meanwhile, the berries were beginning to add a splash of color to the greens and browns of the forested landscape. The blues of the blueberries and crowberries nicely complemented the reds of the watermelon berries and salmonberries.

Exhausted from the unusual heat of the day and worn out by the day’s adventure, we were all happy to be back aboard our floating home. After our departure from Haines, we enjoyed a beautiful view of the sun glowing from behind Eldred Rock Lighthouse as red and alluring as a salmonberry.

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Sarah Friedlander

Naturalist

Growing up with a large backyard, Sarah spent her childhood exploring the woods and bringing home frogs. When asked not to bring frogs into the house, she learned the difference between frogs and toads and was soon asked not to bring toads into the house either. Raised just outside of Washington, DC, she considers herself lucky to have grown up with exposure to a combination of the outdoors and the city, as it helped her pick with certainty which one she wanted to spend all her time in - the outdoors.

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Adam Jenkins

Expedition Leader

Adam began sailing as a boy off of Port Townsend WA. He acquired his Master Mariners license at age 18 and began working as a yacht captain aboard Puget Sound charter yachts. After attending the University of Washington, Adam embarked on a single-handed voyage down the Pacific Coast aboard Saint Brendan, his 27-foot sloop. On this voyage, he explored the Sea of Cortez, transited the Panama Canal, circumnavigated the Caribbean Sea and explored the eastern seaboard from Florida to Nova Scotia. During this four-year voyage, Adam made a living as a professional sailor, sailing as master aboard various vessels in the Caribbean Sea and lived aboard his boat in Guatemala and Belize for a year. Other global adventures include traveling the length of Pakistan by train and four-wheel drive truck, trekking in the Hindu Kush, exploring Patagonia and climbing in Torres Del Paine National Park, skippering the expedition yacht MV Peregrine in South East Alaska and the Queen Charlotte Islands BC (Haida Gwaii).

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