Wallace and De Courcy Island

Sep 27, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

Our final day of exploring the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest! It has been an incredible journey and we took a final chance to fill our memories and camera cards to capacity. An exploratory day, we began by arriving to Wallace Island. An islet not far from Nanaimo, British Columbia and a Canadian provincial park we landed ashore at the dock and took walks along the trails to discover some of the old resort history there. Some were fortunate enough to see mink and otter, while others were quite happy to find sea stars in the intertidal area. The afternoon saw National Geographic Venture reposition to De Courcy Island where a final opportunity to kayak was offered, as well as walks ashore. It has been a beautiful adventure and the Pacific Northwest has certainly worked its way into everyone’s heart.

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James Hyde


James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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