Founded by Peter Buschmann in the early twentieth century this thriving and bustling fishing community has long been a favorite destination for our expeditions in Southeast Alaska. With just over 3,000 residents – many being of Norwegian descent – Petersburg is considered one of the wealthiest per capita towns in the United States thanks to its long-standing connection to the productive fisheries. Having spent the entire day here we were able to experience many aspects of this island community, from exploring the intertidal beaches, hiking through the muskeg and forest ecosystems to witnessing the processing of fresh caught fish at one of the local canneries. As a finale to our day here and a salute to one of the many sustainable fisheries of Southeast Alaska a Dungeness crab feast was held on board for dinner.
National Geographic Venture
Parting is such sweet sorrow today is our last day together, and somehow Alaska knew because the clouds gathered were crying all day. That did not stop us from doing one last grand wild Alaska adventure. We as a ship banded together to make sure all guests, staff, and crew still had fun, rain or shine. Our Global Explores got to drive Zodiacs. Our hikers followed old logging roads, noting how the forest had grown back. The dive team went into the water for underwater images to share. Shay and I worked together to get all the gear collected and organized. The two divers and surface support team hopped into a Zodiac and drove to a rocky spit in Rodman Bay. Looking at the shoreline, there was some skepticism about a good dive in weather like this. As the divers descended into the murky depths, they found the little underwater rocky spit teeming with life. During the dive they videoed shrimp, fish, sea stars, anemones, sea cucumbers, and jellies. We made history in the Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic dive log as we were the first two people to dive in Rodman Bay. Once everyone was back on ship and dried off, we all gathered in the galley to enjoy a delicious lunch that warmed us back up. We were greeted by a humpback whale family eating their lunch of tasty fish using the bubble-net technique to catch their prey. We lifted anchor, and we began our journey through Peril Strait towards Sitka.