Jul 21, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird

Canoe safari, flightseeing, rafting, fly fishing, cycling, hiking, and town exploration fill the hours and check off bucket list items of our thrill-seeking guests on this day in Haines, Adventure Capital of Alaska!

One of my favorite hikes is to the lookout at Battery Point. The trail takes us through a sunny garden of meadow wildflowers. The forest is lush with moss and spruce needles, each nook a cozy home for perhaps a red squirrel or even a fairy. Golden-crowned kinglets and varied thrushes call from the canopy of Sitka spruce and western hemlock trees 100 feet skyward. From this lofty vantage they may see the peaks of Chilkoot and Chilkat ranges and the sleeping glaciers nestled in those alpine valleys.

Suddenly, while penning a draft of this entry, a river otter leaps upon the dock where I stand watch. Does it see me? He wanders a few feet closer, unafraid. I think about reaching for my camera, but, alas, it’s out of reach. The moment ebbs, and as my eyes study this aquatic creature, he slips back into the water.

After a day full of activity, a feast of Alaskan Dungeness crab aboard National Geographic Sea Bird awaits our appetites. With fine dining and fine company, our journey moves on.

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About the Author

Sarah Keefer


Sarah’s fondest memories of nature are experiences she’s shared with friends—especially when those experiences involve spotting wildlife from the bow of a ship! She’s captivated by the wonders of the natural world, and it was the lure of expansive wilderness and exotic destinations that inspired her to study wildlife biology at both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawai’i Honolulu. Sarah was first partial to mammalian studies, and it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she began to truly appreciate watching birds and what they could teach us about patience, integrity, and hope.

About the Videographer

Mark Coger

Video Chronicler

Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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