Waves Glide through the deep sea shades of blue and white Waves Diamonds looks float above the continues Waves Wave catches tune binding together waves know the pattern Waves Know the pattern Photo credit: Melissa Goslin
Today has been really neat. We visited an old mining town that has been bulldozed over, and all that remains from it is tons of rubble, and one building remains standing. It was interesting to see such a place. We got to hear about the history of the town, as well as all the attempts to build lodges out there once the town no longer existed. Another thing that we got the opportunity to do today was digging for oil that remains from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The first beach we visited, we couldn’t find any because the tide was too high, but once we gave up and all got back on the boat, they called us back to shore to see the oil they had discovered. I didn’t bother putting on my rain pants, and hopped in the boat to head to shore. When we got there, what I saw changed the way I thought about the whole incident. Seeing the oil just below the surface rocks, and deep down below them, really makes it overwhelming how much destruction there was in this catastrophe. I always heard about the oil that still remains, but once you’re there digging in it, getting that thick, black, smelly substance all over everything it comes in contact with, it really is an eye opener. After today, I want to share what I’ve experienced and encourage people to protect their environment, and hopefully teach people how to take responsibility for their actions.
Photo credit: Alexandra von Wichman/Babkin Charters
Humpback Cove: Mary
Today was very outrageous. When I drove the skiff I had some experience driving and [it] helped me notice the wildlife. The waves that we made and the birds and fish we saw made me realize how beautiful Alaska is. The scenery is truly the best part. I am truly a city girl, so when I saw all of this beauty I just was surprised. We were in the skiff for two hours. I have had a wonderful time today and this Media Expedition is a life time experience. Go BOB (skiff).
The field blogs from the Chugach Children’s Forest Expedition Series have arrived! As part of a partnership between Alaska Geographic and the Chugach National Forest, and supported in part by the National Geographic Society, this pilot trip offered an opportunity for nine teens from Southcentral Alaska to share stories and document their national forest while living on a boat for eight days in the Prince William Sound. Bloggers found themselves discovering an Alaska quite different from the urban Alaskan communities they were used to as they mingled with humpback whales and calving glaciers.
Join theses explorers as they map their way through the Sound and discover the wildlife, landscapes, and stories of the Chugach National Forest; we will share a selection of student posts over three days on the blog.
Photo credit: Melissa Goslin
June 19 2009
Mallard Bay: Jake
This trip has been amazing. During the camping I loved the walks that we went on. The people are so nice and generous. I really liked the ice worm safari. Yesterday I encouraged part of the group to hike up this mountain. When you get to the top you feel so amazing that you didn’t give up on yourself and you pushed yourself to finish. After we got back to the boat we all changed and jumped into the water to cool off. Then I went kayaking in the freezing cooled water. I found an island that I went onto. Before we anchored up we saw a hump back whale. It was so awesome. I got to see it breech out of the water.