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Snake River into Hell’s Canyon

Our day began with an adventurous jet boat ride up the Snake River from Clarkston, Washington into Hells Canyon. The canyon landscape began with walls composed of horizontal layers of dark basalt flows, some of which had cooled and fractured into wonderful columns. Wildlife sightings began with flocks of geese and mallards and then egrets and white pelicans. Then we saw ospreys, wood ducks, great blue herons, belted kingfishers, and ravens.  As we zoomed upstream, the canyon walls continued to rise higher and higher. Read More>

Sep 29, 2014 National Geographic Sea Bird in Pacific Northwest

At Sea

A day out of sight of land and devoid of terrestrial distractions, frees the mind to wander, allowing for contemplation of what excitement and adventures lie ahead. The contemporary author Lori R. Lopez summarizes the spirit of embarking upon an expedition like this one;  “One’s options in this world are as vast as the horizon, which is technically a circle and thus infinitely broad. Read More>

Sep 29, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Clarkston, Hells Canyon, and the Clearwater

The morning dawned in orange over the Snake River as we pulled into the dock at Clarkston. Pleasantries were exchanged with our comrades aboard our sister ship, National Geographic Sea Bird, as National Geographic Sea Lion was tied up alongside. After breakfast, many of us boarded a jet boat for a fast ride up into Hell’s Canyon. Read More>

Sep 28, 2014 National Geographic Sea Lion in Pacific Northwest

Española Island

Our expedition began with an exploration of Española Island. The southeastern most island in Galapagos, it is also the oldest one. In the morning we headed to Gardner Islet where we went snorkeling in deep waters. Some guests wanted to practice snorkeling from the shore and so we went to a nearby beach. There we encountered several Galapagos sea lions, most of them sleeping. This morning we also got our first chance to go kayaking along the cliffs of Española Island and we had a great time exploring the coast.  As we ended our morning in Gardner Bay, we navigated toward the western coast and we had the opportunity to explore the Punta Suárez trail. Read More>

Sep 28, 2014 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Lower Monumental Dam & the Palouse River

Happy National Public Lands Day from National Geographic Sea Lion! Today we experienced the sunrise at Ice Harbor and continued cruising east on the Snake River where we sailed through the Lower Monumental lock. Guests who chose the option of transmitting through the locks of the dam via expedition landing craft had the unique opportunity of observing the ship from the water as it moved through the lock; a special treat to be sure. After a tasty breakfast featuring local smoked salmon, our ship anchored at the mouth of the Palouse River on the Washington side of the Snake River. Read More>

Sep 27, 2014 National Geographic Sea Lion in Pacific Northwest

Clarkston, Washington

Today proved to be warm and sunny as is usual for Clarkston, Washington. The group from the National Geographic Sea Bird gathered for yoga on the decks, breakfast, and the morning update on the logistics of the day. The group had a difficult choice to make a few days back either to go on the exciting jet boat tour up the Snake River, or take a motor coach ride to various important stops along the corps of discovery—Lewis and Clark’s historic route. Each trip was fascinating where all travelers enjoyed lunch away and saw stunning scenic basalt cliffs. Wildlife was spotted in the likes of big horn sheep, an eagle, hawks, and various other birds. There were turkeys and geese among as well as quick deer sightings that were enjoyed by most.  After the exciting outings where everyone learned about geology, history, wildlife, and what a jet boat sounds like, some culminated together to drive a scenic half-hour in Nez Perce country where Lewis and Clark spent a month among them. Read More>

Sep 27, 2014 National Geographic Sea Bird in Pacific Northwest

At Sea

On our final day of the expedition at sea, we look back on our now treasured memories and experiences to be so close and contact with the ‘person in the forest’ that shares 97% of our DNA. Who could forget the journey to see Tom, the dominant male and other orang-utans sharing food in feeding platform in Camp Leakey and the bonus of groups of proboscis monkey, long-tailed macaques, birds and firefly along Sekonyer river. Enhancing our global perspective, Lawrence Blair presented the ‘Adventures in Eastern Seas,’ his journey to the Asmat’s village and Rockefeller disappearance. Read More>

Sep 27, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Madeira, Portugal

Sunrise found National Geographic Explorer on approach to Funchal, on the island of Madeira, for the beginning of a wonderful day. With a population of approximately 120,000 this capital city is home to almost half of Madeira’s inhabitants. In most years Madeira plays host to over one million visitors, primarily from Europe. Tourism is important to this unique place in the Atlantic. Expedition Leader Jim Kelley had so many different options on offer that we would literally be scattered all over the island. Read More>

Sep 27, 2014 National Geographic Explorer in Azores, Madeira & Beyond

San Cristobal Island

Today was our last day in paradise, an adventure which seemed unreal. On this journey we all bonded as one. Even though we are from different generations and even centuries, today we were one, as the Galapagos brought magic to our souls and mind. Traveling and reaching from Fernandina to San Cristobal Island, the youngest and one of the oldest in the archipelago, on this expedition was a journey of discovery through time.   San Cristobal Island is one of the eldest in the Galapagos. Read More>

Sep 26, 2014 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

The Dalles, Oregon and Maryhill

Suddenly overnight, the hills lost their cover of lush green as National Geographic Sea Lion continued eastward along the Columbia River. Now the landscape consisted of naked basalt cliffs, dark brown and tan coloration and industrial hues. As we docked at the city pier at The Dalles, Oregon, a new day of exploration lay before us in the dry steppe terrain with the great river now almost 200 feet above sea.  It was off to the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center and its wide array of exhibits and presentations about life in the National Scenic Area known simply as the Gorge. Read More>

Sep 26, 2014 National Geographic Sea Lion in Pacific Northwest

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