Friday Harbor and Sucia Island

Sep 20, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

Back in the U.S. of A! After a far-too-short amount of time in British Colombia we cleared back into the United States as we docked in Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Washington. A bitter-sweet feeling as our trip coasted down towards the finish, but a fine day of adventure we had before us. Visiting the iconic Whale Museum of Friday Harbor is always a treat and learning about the legends, facts, and plights of the resident Killer Whales in Washington was great. As the lunch announcement was made, we cast off the lines and sailed for Sucia Island. Translating to “dirty” island, the small group of islets is a navigational trick as many rocky reefs extend offshore. This is due to the unique and beautiful geology there. Many new birds and a few mammals were seen from shore walks and kayaks as we spent the last few daylight hours of our epic trip through the Inside Passage, basking in autumnal sun.

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James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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