Photo Expedition and Workshop
August 3 - 9, 2002

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Join One World Journeys and documentary and environmental photographer Natalie Fobes on an extraordinary photographic trip along Alaska's Inside Passage.

This unique trip will enable participants to view and photograph one of the world's greatest wilderness areas. Witness the extraordinary wildlife of the Alaskan coast including humpback whales, orcas, and sea lions as well as a chance to spot grizzlies, bald eagles, puffins and more.

You will travel in tandem aboard the Explorer and the Ursa Major in comfort with a highly experienced crew providing gourmet meals, great accommodations and enjoyable company. The six-day trip will begin and end in Sitka, and, in between, you will be introduced in style to the beautiful and majestic scenery and teeming wildlife of Alaska, in the places the big ships don't visit.

Photographers will draw upon Natalie's experience as a documentary and environmental photographer. Through one-on-on interaction and evening discussion groups, Natalie will provide mini-workshops as well as share her experience as a magazine and book photographer. Natalie and her critically acclaimed book "Reaching Home: Pacific Salmon, Pacific People" served as the inspiration for the One World Journeys' online Salmon expedition. She will share some of her vast knowledge of the wild salmon and its importance to Pacific Northwest ecosystem and culture. Participants will also be encouraged to bring samples of their own photography to share with Natalie and others.

One World Journeys' mission is to use the power of the still image to inspire others to care about the natural world around us. Participants on this trip will have an opportunity to contribute their photographic work and their words from the trip for use in a special photo feature about Alaska's coastal wilderness to appear on OneWorldJourneys.com.

Non-photographer spouses or friends are encouraged to join. The non-photographer will have opportunities to kayak, fish or simply explore and experience the wilderness through a different perspective.

This is a great trip for photo clubs or individuals. Space is limited to 9 to 12 participants, so reserve now if you are interested in this unique Alaska wilderness opportunity.

Natalie Fobes - Photographer

With a third book in progress, a traveling museum exhibit, and a thriving assignment and stock business, Natalie Fobes is one of the most diverse photographers in the country.

Natalie's ideal assignment is one that explores the complex relationship between humans and the environment. Her dedication to this theme is exemplified by her award-winning coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and her ten-year project on salmon and the people of the salmon, published in National Geographic Magazine and her book Reaching Home, Pacific Salmon, Pacific People. Her traveling exhibit based on the book has been displayed at 18 museums.

In the last few years, Natalie has photographed the construction of the Seattle Mariner's new stadium, komodo dragons in Indonesia, Tarahumara Indians in Mexico's Copper Canyon, humpback whales in Alaska, and the people who live on "the loneliest road in America"--Route 50 in Nevada. Her most recent book, I Dream Alaska, is a series of Polaroid transfers from 15 years of journeys in Alaska.

Concerned that the number of magazines willing to commission documentary projects was declining, Natalie co-founded Blue Earth Alliance in 1996. The non-profit foundation is dedicated to helping photographers pursue stories about endangered environments and threatened cultures.

Natalie has received more than 200 awards and honors for her work: she was a Pulitzer finalist; she won the Alicia Patterson Fellowship and the Scripps Howard Meeman Award; she was second in World Press. Many print media and television stories have been done about Natalie and her work, including a 15-minute piece on CBS Sunday Morning Edition.

While not on assignment, Natalie lives with her family on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound and wishes she was sailing. You can see more of Natalie's work on her site.

Trip Itinerary:

Day One - Depart at noon from Sitka for Port Krestof, a senic cove at the foot of the eastern slope of Mt. Edgecombe. This area is home to numerous seals, eagles, and a wide variety of birds. Frequent visitors include sea otters and brown bears.

Day Two - Depart for Klag Bay - The outer coast of Chichigof Island is a National Wilderness Area and has abundant wildlife and very few visitors. Expect to see humpback whales, sea otters, sea lions, coastal brown bears (grizzlies) and all manner or bird life including puffins, herons, falcons, harlequin ducks, bald eagles, hummingbirds, and more.

Day Three - Cruise to White Sulfur Hot Springs in the middle of the wildest stretch of coastline imaginable. Soak in a natural mineral hot springs overlooking the boat with the Pacific ocean as a backdrop. Cruise north to the charming fishing village of Pelican and a slice of real Alaska with a summer population of 300.

Day Four - If the weather allows, cruise up the coast to Deer Harbor on the outside of Yacobi Island. The salmon and halibut are so abundant here that it takes only a short time to catch dinner. Continue north by Taylor Bay at the foot of the massive Brady Glacier. Anchor in Dundas Bay for the night. A great place to kayak and explore, there are usually many sea otters and whales nearby as well as lots of unusual bird life. Dundas Bay is also home to brown and black bears and the rare "Glacier" bear.

Day Five - Cruise east in Icy Strait and south through Chatham Strait to Pavlof Harbor. Frequent sightings of orcas and porpoises, and humpback whales are the norm in these waters.

Day Six - Cruise through Sergius Narrows to Kalinin Bay. This perfectly sheltered cove at the edge of the ocean has some of Alaska's best fishing just a short skiff ride away. We frequently see brown bears, sea otters and many bald eagles while at anchor here. This is a pleasant place to launch the sea kayaks before dinner.

Day Seven - Cruise into Sitka arriving around noon.

For detailed information about the yachts Explorer and Ursa Major visit the web site of Alaska Yacht Charters at http://www.yachtexplorer.com/

Costs*:
$4,500 per person in Master Suite with double bed and private bath, based on double occupancy.
$4,000 per person in Guest Cabin with twin berths and shared bath, based on double occupancy.
Solo or individual travelers: please call for pricing.

* Does not include travel to and from Sitka, Alaska, and other incidental costs. Call for full details.

Reservations:
This trip will fill up quickly, so call now for detailed reservation information or download the Alaska Trip Information document.

Contact One World Journeys at: 360-341-2020 or email feedback@oneworldjourneys.com

One World Journeys
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Clinton, WA 98236
360-341-2020
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