Haines, Alaska

Aug 24, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

Adventures awaited us in Haines, Alaska, today. Although the clouds hung low and appeared slightly ominous, they held their moisture as we scampered around the town. The activity options were numerous: floating the Chilkat River; hiking up the fog-shrouded Mount Riley; biking to Chilkoot Lake to hopefully catch a glimpse of brown bears fishing; fly fishing in the same river as the bears; or flightseeing over the stunning scenery of Glacier Bay.

In the evening we had a Dungeness crab fest with still more choices: butter? spicy barbeque sauce? The day was visually rewarding as well as delicious. 

Jonah Shanoff, age 9, was inspired by his trip floating down the Chilkat River. He wrote the poem below:


Rushing Water

Stuck in Rocks

Rowed the float ashore



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Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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Ashley Karitis

Video Chronicler

Ashley was raised in Central Oregon where she spent her childhood ski racing, riding horses, playing classical piano, and working summer jobs on a dude ranch. She then attended the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles earning degrees in cinema-television, history, and international relations. Although immersed in the studies of narrative filmmaking, she gravitated toward the process, deeper on-camera conversations, and scientific and human themes explored in documentary production.

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