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Cruising Chatham Strait, Baranof Island; Lake Eva Hike

NationalGeographicSeaLionspenttheearlymorninghourstravelingoutofFrederickSoundandintoChathamStrait,oneoftheworld’sgreatestfjordsandmorethan200milesinlength.

Jul 9, 2014 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Exploring Cross Sound

Afterafewwetdaystravelingnorth,wefinallyreceivedabreakinthecloudsatthemostopportunetime.

Jul 9, 2014 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

At Sea to Com, East Timor

“Mysoulisfulloflongingforthesecretsofthesea,andtheheartofthegreatoceansendsathrillingpulsethroughme.

Jul 9, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

Santa Cruz

TothenorthwestofSantaCruzandfarfromtheinhabitedpartoftheislandliesalocationwithremarkablevarietyofbothfloraandfauna.

Jul 9, 2014 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Cascade Creek and Petersburg

Fog and mist drifted through the mountains, enveloped the rain forest, softened the landscape, and dampened the hair of early morning bow watchers as we cruised to Thomas Bay and Cascade Creek. This morning’s adventure would be a hike to a massive, brawling waterfall a few hundred yards up a roaring creek from the beach, then onward up the narrow boardwalk steps into the dripping rain forest. Clouds of mist streaming from the thunderous waterfall beaded on our faces while we marveled at this amazing spectacle. 

The mature, old-growth spruce and hemlock rain forest here appears somewhat different than the emerging forest we walked in yesterday at Williams Cove although they are essentially the same, differing fundamentally only in time of development.

Jul 8, 2014 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Baranof Island

Today we explored the eastern flank of Baranof Island. We awoke entering Red Bluff Bay. This bay is named for the unusual rock is on one side of the bay. A rare sliver of the Earth’s deep crust, the rock is high in magnesium, which stunts tree growth. Though plant life around the bay may be limited, marine life is rich. We found sea lions and whales even before we entered the bay. Red Bluff is an intense fjord, with near-vertical walls cloaked in forest that seems to defy gravity. Several falls tumble down the bay’s steep walls, and the captain nosed us right up the mightiest of them.

Later in the morning, we paused to pick up Andy Szabo of the Alaska Whale Foundation.

Jul 8, 2014 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

Wyndham, Australia

After an astounding trip blessed with excellent weather and amazing adventurers around the Kimberley coastline. It was time for the National Geographic Orion to dock at Wyndham River Wharf. Wyndham is the oldest and northernmost town in the Kimberley region and also the gateway to many special attractions. Today we had the opportunity to explore the fantastic interior of this area, flying over the remarkable geological formations of the Bungle Bungles, or enjoying a river cruise upstream the picturesque Ord River. 

Purnululu National Park, where the Bungles Bungles is located, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.

Jul 8, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

Floreana Island

It is the third day of our voyage and we continue moving around the archipelago looking for more exciting experiences. The island today was Floreana; it was chosen to be the first island colonized by the Ecuadorian government when they took possession. 

The first place we visited was Punta Cormorant.

Jul 8, 2014 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Scoresbysund, East Greenland

We’re cruising the world’s largest fjord on Earth’s largest island. 

Greenland is a frozen dagger of a landmass with a jagged coastline carved by glaciers pouring off a massive ice-ages-old glacial plateau.

Jul 8, 2014 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island is the second largest island after the island of Isabela. It is the island with the largest human establishment, divided in two sections, the port with the biggest population and the farming zone in the highlands of the island.

In Galapagos there are four inhabited islands which were colonized since 1832.

Jul 8, 2014 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

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