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The Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Locks & Hood River

The morning air was crisp and fresh as the National Geographic Sea Bird sailed through the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Several of us chose to come out of our yoga poses during our morning class to take in the dramatic walls off the port side of the ship. These walls were made from basalt flows that originated in eastern Oregon and Washington and flowed all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Next we came upon the scenic waterfalls named Horsetail and Multnomah Falls. We continued on and transited the new lock at Bonneville Dam. Read More>

Oct 6, 2014 National Geographic Sea Bird in Pacific Northwest

Fernandina and Isabela Islands VIDEO

Today was a very memorable moment of our expedition in the enchanted islands, because we explored the most volcanically active place in Galapagos with the most productive waters. That combination creates a unique ecosystem for the local flora and fauna.  Fernandina, the youngest island in Galápagos was our morning’s visiting site. Read More>

Oct 6, 2014 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Astoria & Cape Disappointment

As dawn approached, the National Geographic Sea Bird cruised slowly through fog into Astoria, Oregon. It was here that New York businessman John Jacob Aster established a fur trading post in 1811, which in part helped secure an American presence in the Pacific Northwest. Spanish, British, French, and Russian exploring parties were also interested in acquiring this rich territory.   We visited a reconstructed Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery spent the miserable winter of 1805-06. Read More>

Oct 5, 2014 National Geographic Sea Bird in Pacific Northwest

North Seymour and Rabida Islands

As we disembarked in North Seymour this morning, we could see frigate birds gliding by, the males with their partially-inflated red pouches, followed by juveniles and females. A couple of feet into the walk we were greeted by a female sea lion that had given birth to a beautiful baby. The baby’s umbilical cord was still hanging from its belly. As any mother with a newborn would, she was protecting this baby very carefully and as we walked by she gently picked the baby up with her mouth and put it right by her side so she could keep an eye out!  As we got further into the trail we found the endemic swallow-tailed gulls that seemed to be thinking about going out to sea.   North Seymour is one of the jewels of the crown. Read More>

Oct 5, 2014 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Astoria and Cape Disappointment

Rain, rain, rotten meat, rain, fleas and rain. Lewis and Clark hated Fort Clatsop. Our experience could hardly have been more different, or better. Docking at Astoria, we bussed to Fort Clatsop under sunny skies. All was clear and crisp as we toured the reconstructed fort and walked beneath huge spruce and hemlock trees. Later in the morning we wandered the Columbia River Maritime Museum. We saw aspects of the many-layered history of the region, from Native dugout canoes and trade beads, through days of sail around “the graveyard of the Pacific” and salmon fishing, to modern navigation and surf rescue.   Most of us traveled to Cape Disappointment for the afternoon. Read More>

Oct 4, 2014 National Geographic Sea Lion in Pacific Northwest

Kuching Sarawack

This morning National Geographic Orion berthed alongside the Sim Kheng Hong Wharf, in Kuching. Right away, we were lucky to witness a traditional Dayak cultural performance on the wharf. And once we disembarked the ship, we were presented with an ornamental scarf by the performers. We then had the opportunity to visit Semengoh Wildlife Centre. Read More>

Oct 4, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Fogo, Cape Verde

The striking appearance of Fogo, a volcano sporadically active for at least the past four centuries, rising majestically from the ocean, has been remarked upon by sailors passing through these waters for generations. In 1683, the English navigator, pirate and naturalist William Dampier remarked upon it during his celebrated circumnavigation of the globe. Pico de Fogo, the island’s highest point, rises to 2,829 meters and was the focal point of one of our island excursions. A fleet of vans followed the circuitous route to Chā das Caldeiras, crossing the 1951 and 1995 lava floes to discover an engaging community of some 1200 souls living within the crater, where an emigré French nobleman fleeing from the 1848 revolution in Paris planted vines and sired children. The latter activities are much in evidence: a native wine industry, the only successful one in the Cape Verde archipelago and occasional blond-haired and blue-eyed children, blistering in the ferocious heat.  A variety of charming children offered models made from the local lava for sale; wine with local goat cheese was sampled and much appreciated. Another group explored the lower slopes of the island, concentrating on the human geography and natural history of the island. Read More>

Oct 4, 2014 National Geographic Explorer in Azores, Madeira & Beyond

Hood River, Multnomah Falls & Bonneville Dam VIDEO

Today was jam-packed with fun activities! The day began with a bus ride to Rasmussen Farm, a family-run affair which has been in Hood River for generations. We were greeted by a field of flowers, and photographers went nuts shooting bright colors and interesting angles with the light. Shoppers wandered among the fresh produce, and Halloween was in the air with decorations set up everywhere. Pumpkins sat in a field with Mount Hood high and regal behind. After the farm visit we walked around the historic downtown district of Hood River. Following lunch we boarded the buses and drove to Multnomah Falls, one of the most scenic and visited locations in Oregon. Read More>

Oct 3, 2014 National Geographic Sea Lion in Pacific Northwest

Astoria, Fort Clatsop & Cape Disappointment

As the National Geographic Sea Bird was on approach to Astoria, Oregon, and the sun slowly rose in the east, it was obvious that we were in for another perfect day on the mighty Columbia River! There was hardly a cloud in the sky, and not a chance for rain, unusual conditions for this part of the Pacific coast, but we had been very blessed on this voyage with good weather, why stop now! So right after breakfast everyone prepared for the morning’s activities, a trip to Fort Clatsop, just west of Astoria, the place where the Lewis & Clark Expedition had wintered over in 1805, before returning upriver on their return trip. Read More>

Oct 3, 2014 National Geographic Sea Bird in Pacific Northwest

Day At Sea

The National Geographic Orion silently passed over the equator at 4:00 a.m. as we sailed up the western side of Kalimantan. We were set for a leisurely day at sea, enjoying many treats from the galley and interesting presentations from our expedition team, as we continued our journey to Kuching, Malaysia.  As photos from the past days were reviewed, we all continued to reflect and marvel at the remarkable experiences we had at Camp Leakey, and especially at the Orangutan Care Center with Dr. Read More>

Oct 3, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

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