Photos and notes by your About Geology Guide
After serving on a research cruise in the Gulf of Alaska, I joined a scientific party that went to Yakutat for a week.
This expedition was carried out by the U.S. Geological Survey, the world's foremost geology agency. As a Survey employee, I had the occasional chance to participate in research like this. The experience has been formative, and I regret the slow erosion of the USGS's budget and capability in the decades since this time.
Take a close look at the map before you go farther.