San Juan Islands & Gulf Islands

Oct 17, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


Today we awoke dockside in the port of the small town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. San Juan Island is the second largest island in the archipelago, and is enjoyed for its beautiful scenery and marine and terrestrial wildlife.

Tours of the island took guests to San Juan Island National Historic Park and Lime Kiln State Park, where they explored some of the most scenic overlooks in the Salish Sea on foot. Others visited a biodynamic organic farm and learned how locals take sustainability into their own hands by eating locally.

In the afternoon we cruised through the San Juan/Gulf Island Archipelago spotting wildlife and enjoying the intermittent showers.

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Katie Mills-Orcutt

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Katie Mo started her career as a naturalist on Catalina Island where she taught marine science outdoor education and SCUBA diving. Her passion for conservation biology then led her to pursue a Masters degree in marine science at Western Washington University, studying restoration methods of the local pinto abalone. She has been diving around the world but some of her favorite spots include the Pacific Northwest, Mediterranean, and the beautiful kelp forests off the California coast where she was first certified to breathe underwater. It is her continued mission to educate and inspire others, and hopefully make an ocean lover out of everyone she meets.

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