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At Sea, Torres Strait

We’re at sea, heading towards the Torres Strait aboard the National Geographic Orion. The sun is bright and the sea a gorgeous blue green. I decide to get some exercise by walking around the deck on level five. I have never been on an expedition ship before, only big luxury liners. Read More>

Oct 4, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Gorgona Island

Thunders, lighting, and showers at dawn, preceded a wonderful, calm, and adventurous day. Gorgona Penal Colony in the morning was followed by a wonderful snorkelling and Zodiac day in a pristine coral reef and a “humpback whale festival. Read More>

Oct 3, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in South American West Coast

Astoria, Fort Clatsop and Cape Disappointment

Today was our last full day aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion and perhaps the most awe inspiring of our adventure filled week. We awoke at the Columbia Bar, and after yet another delicious breakfast we boarded buses for Fort Clatsop National Park where the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805-06 before their final push back to St. Louis. We learned about their vote on where to locate the fort, what they did to occupy their time while staying there and how they managed to keep everyone happy, healthy and alive despite the gloomy conditions there. From Fort Clatsop we drove up to the Astoria column where the clear skies and gentle breeze afforded us a spectacular view of the Grey River, the Lewis and Clark River and the Pacific Ocean, truly a marvelous sight to behold. Read More>

Oct 3, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Pacific Northwest

Genovesa Island

Today is the last day of expedition in the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Islander. The Island we visited was Genovesa or “Birds Island”, on the far northeast corner of the archipelago. This Island is home to hundreds of thousands of birds, and we had the chance to visit the best sites. Read More>

Oct 3, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Arafura Sea

We awoke this morning with fond memories of the Asmat people and their remote villages among the tidal mangroves of Southern New Guinea.  A day at sea offered time to reflect on the warmth, hospitality, and unique culture of this remote corner of Western Papua. The National Geographic Orion pushed forward through heavy seas with massive waves breaking against the bow. Read More>

Oct 3, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Genovesa Island

The morning is sunny and the ocean looks very calm. It is 6:30 a.m. and I come to the deck of the ship to admire the Bay of Genovesa Island. It is home to over one million seabirds and land birds. The abundant wildlife here is so diverse, from Nazca, red & blue-footed boobies and gulls to owls, fur seals, hammerhead sharks, turtles and manta rays. Our adventure starts with a walk at the famous Prince Philip’s Steps where we are surrounded by Nazca, red-footed boobies and frigate bird chicks. Read More>

Oct 2, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Utria National Park

Continuing with our Colombia experience we visited the Utria Natioanl Park. This 54,000 hectares of rain forest and Andean forest is the home of around 11,000 people and three Embera native communities, but mostly is a territory influenced by the afro-descendants. We had a great start in the morning visiting Playa Blanca where we were able to see some of the unique marine fauna of the region while snorkeling, and we enjoyed again the kindness and joy of Colombian people. Read More>

Oct 2, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in South American West Coast

Hood River & Columbia River Gorge VIDEO

Despite a forecast of clear skies and calm wind, we woke to strong breezes and streaming clouds.  In other words, perfect Cascade weather for the local Hood River windsurfers and kite boarders.  For us, there were two choices this morning.  Some went to Draper Girls Farm to view their orchards and taste test the fruits of their labor, pun intended, and become friends with their goats and pigs.  Other guests made a trip to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, which opened in 2007.  Here is a most remarkable and extensive collection of over 275 airplanes, automobiles, motorcycles, jeeps, and tractors. Once back on board the National Geographic Sea Lion, naturalist Ivan Phillipsen gave a presentation about the fish of the Columbia River Basin. Read More>

Oct 2, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Pacific Northwest

Chinese Hat and Santiago Island

These two islands are close to each other, but so different in appearance. On Chinese Hat we go by Zodiac to look for wildlife and landscape. Read More>

Oct 2, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Yahun-Yufri Village Complex, Asmat

We spent another incredible day in the Asmat region of southern New Guinea.  The entire Asmat vicinity is essentially a giant delta formed from countless rivers that drain the central mountainous regions.  These rivers are tidally-influenced, brackish, and infiltrate the largest mangrove habitat on Earth.  At first glance, it appears very foreboding and an impossible environment for human survival.  We can barely imagine a harsher environment in which to live.  But, people do survive here and have done so for thousands of years.  The Asmat people live here.  Soon after sunrise, we anchored offshore from Yahun-Yufri villages. Read More>

Oct 2, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

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