Author and Adventurer

Michael Modzelewski is the author of Inside Passage: Living with Killer Whales, Bald Eagles and Kwakiutl Indians; North Through Paradise; Angeles Crest: A Memoir; and Wild Life: The Miss-Adventures of a Cosmo Bachelor. When not writing books, hosting adventure-travel TV shows or giving motivational speeches, Michael enjoys exploring the Alaskan fjords and leading walking safaris in Tanzania, Africa.

Michael Modzelewski and Amy Tan

Inside Passage Book Review – By Amy Tan

  “Michael Modzelewski is the John Muir of our times. Like Muir, he provides quiet and reverential observance of nature and our own humanity, while interjecting riveting narratives of unanticipated death-defying adventures. His writing is visceral and poetic, alternately humorous and heart-rending, able to sweep the reader seamlessly into his world. I have spent happy hours with his writing.” —… Read more →



PBS Television filmed Michael’s book, INSIDE PASSAGE: LIVING WITH KILLER WHALES, BALD EAGLES, AND KWAKIUTL INDIANS, with Michael playing himself in the Bio-Pic of life on the wilderness island in the Inside Passage of Alaska. Read more →


Cosmopolitan Magazine

Michael was chosen as a Cosmo “Bachelor of the Month” and Year. His appearance as Mr. November not only brought Michael a wife, but his experiences of dating women around the world are the subject of his latest, best-selling book, Wild Life: The Miss-Adventures of a Cosmo Bachelor. Read more →

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises

Michael has a life-long contract with Princess Cruises, as their top Alaska Naturalist and Guest Speaker. He has a huge following, with passengers specifically booking cruises that Michael is on. As one passenger stated: “Michael is the Prince of the Princess ships.” Read more →

Durango Marathon

Run for your life!

My favorite sport is running. It can be done anywhere, doesn’t depend on expensive equipment (other than shoes) and is a return to the primal – putting a cerebral writer in daily touch with his animal self. It is therapy, it’s “moving meditation;” it’s a spiritual practice in physical form. I could write a book about how running changed my… Read more →



The most unusual rock formation in the world. The water-stream erosion Navajo Sandstone, 190 million years old, is a heart flayed open, taffy gone wild, a hallucination in stone! Located near the Utah-Arizona border in the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness. The BLM limits access to just 20 permits per day, for the sandstone is fragile and there is no trail… Read more →