Sít Eeti Geiyí, or Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, 8/23/2022, National Geographic Quest
National Geographic Quest
Sít Eeti Geiyí, or “Bay in Place of the Glacier,” is my favorite place on our blue planet. It is always special and an immense privilege to spend time in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, and I am glad to have spent today in the bay.
Kim is a marine biologist, adventure photographer, and full-time nomad. Not a fan of having her feet solidly on the ground, she spends most of the year diving, paragliding, skiing, hiking, kayaking, and working on ships. She made it to all seven cont...
Today’s expedition began with National Geographic Venture cruising into Halleck Harbor on Kuiu Island. Guests were offered chances to hike along the rugged coast or kayak to explore the intertidal zone, which is perfectly exposed due to the extremely low tides often found in Southeast Alaska. Hikers in the temperate rainforest discussed the components of forest succession, and the intertidal groups explored the exposed rocks to find sea stars, small fish, and crabs. In the afternoon, the ship ventured north through Chatham Strait, coming across sea otters, humpback whales, and a variety of bird life on an unusually sunny Alaska afternoon.
In the early hours of June 5, a large number of guests joined the natural history staff of National Geographic Venture to hike at Cascade Creek. It was our first foray into the Tongass National Rainforest, and even though it was raining, it was a great pre-brunch adventure. After brunch we docked in Petersburg, Alaska, known as ‘the city of Vikings’ and ‘the town that fish built.’ Various activities were on offer, including walks through the muskeg, bike rides around town, and a cultural hiking tour.
National Geographic Venture departed from Juneau on Saturday, June 3 under sunny skies, and we headed south along Stephens Passage. The ship entered Holkham Bay under cloudy skies during the early hours of June 4. We explored Endicott Arm during the day and departed Holkham Bay for Petersburg around 7:00 p.m.