Tracy Arm and South Sawyer Glacier

May 31, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

A dramatic conclusion to a week-long epic in Southeast Alaska came today when National Geographic Quest visited Tracy Arm and South Sawyer Glacier. One of the most active tide water glaciers in the United States, South Sawyer is an incredibly impressive sight. Being in the immediate presence of this glacier over extended zodiac rides and learning of its history and functioning through glaciology lectures put on by our staff were both immensely moving experiences.

Afterwards we cruise out of the fjord and watched as whales spouted and bears scavenged the shore for morsels. The evening wrapped up with a guest slideshow and Wildlife Jeopardy.

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James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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