Laconte Icebergs and Petersburg

Aug 26, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


Expedition leader Doug Gould woke guests early for our first excursion by Zodiac of icebergs from the LeConte Glacier. These chunks or shooters from the water’s subsurface line themselves along the face of the glacier: They are exceptional and large and blue. Overcast skies and drizzle actually enhances the blue hue of the dense ice. Back on the vessel, guests enjoyed a hearty brunch. National Geographic Quest by midday was docked in the fishing village of Petersburg. Explorers enjoyed an afternoon of hiking, biking, or botany tours among the town’s muskeg. Dinner was a special feast of crab including local Southeast Alaskan brewed beer. The evening ended with a lively presentation by naturalist and Alaska resident Sean Neilson.

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Kimberly Baldwin

Naturalist

Family vacations to the Jersey shore engendered a deep love affair between the ocean and Kimberly Baldwin. But growing up in landlocked Pennsylvania proved challenging for a hopeful marine biologist. College afforded the opportunity to earn a B.S. in Marine Biology, work for a marine consortium in Virginia, and marine institutes in the Florida Keys and Catalina Island, California. This was followed by a master’s degree in education while stationed in Mallorca, Spain. Other employment was equally colorful. Early on, Kimberly worked for a summer in Denali National Park washing buses and backpacking 3 nights a week in the tundra and forests. She guided guests on bird and whale trips in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and taught fourth graders in American Samoa. For the past 15 years Kimberly instructed science courses at a private high school in Costa Rica; teaching: A.P. environmental science, physics, chemistry and leading marine biology students on worm digs, conchology studies, tidal pool explorations and snorkel trips. There are a few more marine biology students in college these days thanks to her classes. She is now with you and ready to share her knowledge of the briny environment.

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