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  • Columbia and Snake Rivers

    We cruised all morning and turned from the Columbia onto the Snake River somewhere south of Pasco, Washington. Ice Harbor was our first of four Snake River dams. Historian Harry Fritz lectured in the morning on “The Truth About Lewis and Clark, Part III”.  He returned the expedition from the Pacific Coast to St. Louis in 35 captivating minutes. Dam authorities allowed us to transit the Lower Monumental Dam (LoMo) in expedition landing crafts. Then it was lunch time, aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird. The Palouse River originates in the mountains of the Idaho Panhandle. Read More

  • Fernandina & Isabela Island

    We finally arrived to the youngest part of the archipelago. During our navigation, one could watch the gigantic volcanoes that emerged from the ocean millions of years ago. Baptized in honor to the Queen and King of Spain, Fernandina and Isabela Islands are home of six of the most active volcanoes in the world.   Early in the morning our guests had the opportunity to spot some sea birds surfacing the waves and the volcanic scene along the coast. Read More

    • Oct 17, 2016
    • National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos
  • The Dalles and Maryhill

    While we are covering the very same ground as Lewis and Clark, our course has us retracing their steps in reverse. As they forged ever westwards, they endured hardships that we can’t grasp from the comfort of our eastbound expedition. Fully fathoming the technological advancements that have occurred, just in regards to transportation, over the past 200 years since those early explorers takes some imagination. To aid in this regard we endeavored to implement and appreciate the many modes and methods that were not available to them. Warm beds and sumptuous breakfast aside, simply being able to start out a day nice and dry in the Pacific Northwest would have been a wonderful accomplishment for the rugged adventurers. The National Geographic Sea Bird was adroitly maneuvered alongside an impressively built dock at The Dalles, which lays claim to being the first location on the Columbia River that Lewis and Clark arrived upon after their arduous trek. Where they would have found a muddy embankment we saw a bustling highway that has slowly grown from an outpost to a hub of activity in the region. In a few short minutes by bus we traveled to the overlook of the Mighty Columbia, sun peeking out beneath the clouds to set a glimmering sparkle onto the water. Read More

  • North Seymour and Rábida Islands

    The Galápagos Archipelago are a set of small and medium sized islands, which lie crossed by the equator line in the Eastern Pacific, about 600 miles from the coast of South America. It is renowned for being a natural laboratory of evolution, where visitors can observe amazing wildlife and their interactions from very close. North Seymour Island, just north of Baltra and its airport, is one of those places where much of the Galápagos biodiversity can be seen. This small, flat island is the home to a colony of magnificent frigatebirds, a native species of the islands. Frigates are known as the “pirates of the air” since they obtain part of their diet by stealing food from other birds; today, large numbers of them were engaged in the reproductive season with many chicks and juveniles all along the trail. We were amazed to find that the blue-footed booby chicks had already become fledglings, many of which having now abandoned their nests and were comfortably roosting on the cliff ledges by the sea. Along the boulder beach we encountered a few precious Galápagos sea lions, and a few babies were quite desperate when seeing their mum making their way to the sea for foraging. After a delicious lunch and several talks about the islands, National Park rules and life on board, our ship started making its way towards Rábida Island, a small and tall island covered in arid vegetation. Read More

    • Oct 16, 2016
    • National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos
  • English Narrows and Pio XI Glacier, Chile

    The sun rose a little before seven o’clock this morning casting a brilliant alpenglow of pink light on the snowcapped peaks surrounding the English Narrows of Chile. The beautiful and striking fjord system is only 200 yards (180m) wide in places and is dotted with small islands before the steep forested hills rise out the water and ascent thousands of feet high where fresh snow lies and lenticular clouds shroud the peaks. Just before lunch we rounded a corner in the channel and turned north into Eyre fjord. Read More

  • Hood River, Oregon

    The National Geographic Sea Bird awoke to a drizzly morning in Hood River, Oregon. Morning options included visiting the Western Aeroplane and Automobile Museum. The antique aeroplanes and automobiles fill three hanger buildings, and all have been donated to the organization over the years.  The museum offers an array of automobiles and airplanes from every era, in excellent condition, still claiming to fully function. Another option was to take a morning stroll through the recently restored Mosier Tunnels, which were part of the scenic Columbia River Highway. Read More

  • Estero Slight, Chile

    A morning of navigation through a beautiful fjord led the National Geographic Explorer to Estero Slight, a beautiful Chilean bay in Northern Patagonia. While the morning was spent aboard, the afternoon would offer a very different plan. Coming ashore in Estero Slight was truly reminiscent to entering an unknown wilderness. Read More

  • Genovesa Island Video

    Genovesa Island it one of the few places on earth, where you can enter its caldera on board a ship, and this morning, we had an amazing opportunity to go  outside our outer decks and observe how the National Geographic Endeavour enter this amazing collapsed caldera. This Island it is also the home for one of the largest sea birds colonies in the whole archipelago. After a whole week in Galapagos, this was the perfect day to end our adventure; dozens of sea birds came to our encounter, as a farewell greeting. Read More

    • Oct 14, 2016
    • National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos
  • Aysén Fjord, Chile

    Today we visited the beautiful Aysén Fjord in Central Patagonia. This fjord is about 60km deep but reaches 200km from the Pacific coast into the Andes and we anchored National Geographic Explorer off the port city of Puerto Chacabuco. From Puerto Chacabuco we enjoyed two options: the first was a day-long visit to the Coyhaique National Park where we took a walk through the pampas and the dense forest. The highlight was the sighting of magellanic woodpeckers. This excursion included a Patagonian barbecued lamb lunch and was altogether a lovely day including a visit to the town of Aysén. The second excursion visited the Parque Aikén del Sur where we also had a lovely walk through the dense forest where we were able to understand the complex forest ecosystem and have good sightings of the ringed kingfisher and striking Chucao which announces its presence with a very loud call for such a small bird, but is, even so, very difficult to spot in the dense forest cover. This walk ended at a beautiful lodge overlooking Lake Riesco where we also were treated to a Patagonian barbecue lamb lunch complete with local folk dancers. At the end of our excursions we re-joined the ship and sailed west out of the fjord to continue our exploration of the complex fjord country of southern Chile. . Read More

  • Pumalin Park, Chilean Fjords

    This morning even before the dark of the night was being transformed into daylight we could tell that conditions had improved.  The National Geographic Explorer slowly slipped into the small fjord where part of the Austral Highway crossed the land.  Yesterday the winds funneled into the fjord making it impossible to get ashore.  But today the winds were less and the first group to go ashore easily made it and began an excursion to the center of this private reserve.  The rest of the group went ashore a bit later in the morning, everyone prepared for a morning of exploration in the rain in the temperate rainforest. By definition rain is necessary for this environment. Read More

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