Tracy Arm and Williams Cove

Aug 04, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion

As an primer to Southeast Alaska the day couldn’t have been more satisfying. Our introduction began with a 25-mile expedition into the Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area, carved out by the Sawyer Glacier over the course of several millennia. The active face of this tidewater glacier was just that, cracking and creaking, booming and bursting with regular calving events making for quite a show. Beside the sheer walls, mountain goats were seen foraging on the algae and kelp exposed at low tide.

In the afternoon we navigated back out of the fjord to a side arm called William’s Cove. Here the evergreen forests of Sitka spruce and western hemlock grow right down to the water’s edge. The bridge team had spotted a lone black bear further back at the water’s edge within the bay, which we were permitted to view for but a few moments before it slipped back into the dense forest. Landing then at the bay’s opposing shore, we set out on foot to hike into the temperate rainforest for the first time while other members of our expedition set out in kayaks to paddle in the serene waters of Southeast Alaska.

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Doug Gualtieri


Doug Gualtieri has worked as a Naturalist interpretive guide for over 20 years, beginning his career in Denali National Park and Preserve at a remote wilderness lodge leading hikes and giving lectures on the ecology and wildlife of that region. Later he began leading Lindblad Expeditions land extensions to Denali in 2002 and has worked with Lindblad in some form or another ever since. With a background in Biology and a lifelong passion for the natural world Doug moved to Talkeetna, Alaska in 1999 from his home state of Michigan, and never looked back.

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Dave Katz

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As a family growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, free time was spent in the outdoors. Dave’s mother, an earth science and biology teacher turned weekend hikes into informative lessons. The beautiful gorges, lakes and forests made a lasting impression.

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