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  • Glacier Bay National Park

    An early morning hike allowed sea goers to get off the ship before breakfast and stretch their legs with options of hiking through the forest or visiting a Tlingit tribal house. A lengthy immersive experience in the national park provided for wildlife viewing and stunning icy scenery.

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  • Dundas Bay, Glacier Bay National Park & Reserve

    National Geographic Sea Lion pulled into Dundas Bay early this morning. The forecast shifted, making for grey on grey day with shades of dark green. We could see the tall foot hills of the Fairweather Mountain Range in the distance,  shrouded in mist and low clouds, as the rain came and went in periodic squalls across the ship’s bow.

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  • Red Cliff, Freshwater Bay

    Aboard National Geographic Sea Bird, we awoke to a misty morning, and soon after, some lucky folks spotted a humpback whale slowly breaking the surface of the water. After stretch class and breakfast, we prepared for the morning activities of kayaking and an exploratory bushwhack of this less-visited corner of Chichagof Island. The afternoon afforded a chance to continue our whale viewing and later, we toasted our lovely time together aboard Sea Bird.

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Our destination today was the Charles Darwin Research Station at Santa Cruz Island, the second largest island in the archipelago. On our way to the rearing center for giant tortoises, we walked through a very green area full of local vegetation, like the gigantic prickly pear cactus with a trunk like a tree.

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  • At Sea to Nome | Day Two

    It is a strange thing to cross the international dateline, whichever direction you may be heading. At the beginning of our voyage we ventured into the future, losing a day as we headed over to mainland Russia, but today crossing it in the opposite direction we lived the same day twice. Of course, such turning of the time (and date) boggle the mind, so there was nothing left to do but fill the day with a stunning array of natural history information from our expert staff. Beginning with a presentation from Meet the Ocean exampling how our undersea program develops educational outreach across the world, then onto naturalist Shirley Metz discussing the history of south polar exploration. After another wonderful lunch, we heard from our resident geologist Andreas Madsen concering tectonic plates, then finished off the afternoon by legendary seabird biologist Peter Harrison discussing his journey to the seven continents in search of seabirds far and wide.

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  • Klyucheraya River, Chukotka | Day One

    Expedition trips like this often seem to me to be a series of vignettes—of images that are only loosely connected. We hop from place to place in a region, along a course line, but the stops we make are sometimes so varied and so different from each other that they seem like photographs that got dropped into a drawer and mixed up, so that they come out in random order. Today felt particularly like that, largely due to the fog.

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  • Chichagof and Inian Islands

    The calm waking tone of the expedition leader coupled with blue skies and sunshine greeted us once again this morning, thus setting the mood for yet another exciting day in Southeast Alaska.  After a hearty breakfast, National Geographic Sea Lion anchored in the gorgeous protected bay called Port Althorp on the northern portion of Chichagof Island. We explored it by kayak and on foot, admiring its solitude and wildness. The salmon stream at the end of the bay had a run of chum and pink salmon and showed recent evidence of many bears feasting. Bald eagles, ravens, and gulls dotted the shorelines as they waited patiently for some more scraps and leftovers and perhaps a catch of their own. What a wonderful place of true Alaskan wildness! Once home to a salmon cannery and a Naval Auxiliary station, the area is returning to its wild roots. The only signs of human industry that remain are the few log barges, covered with slow-growing new plants, resting on the beach.

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  • Dundas Bay & Glacier Bay National Park

    It was truly a day of expedition aboard National Geographic Sea Bird. We explored a primitive area of Glacier Bay National Park by foot and expedition landing craft. Most people will visit Glacier Bay when they come to the park, either via big ship, tour operator, or kayak. Today, we had the privilege of visiting Dundas Bay, just west of Glacier Bay proper—and not on the tourist circuit at all. As such, we did not see any other people for the entire day.

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  • Lake Eva & Cruising Chatham Strait

    “Exceeding expectations” is the understatement of the week. Whether it is the weather, the landscape, or the wildlife, Alaska has been astounding guests time and time again. This morning, we woke up in Peril Strait, on our way to anchor in Hanus Bay on Baranof Island. Here, guests hiked along the length of Eva Stream to Lake Eva, looking at pink, chum, and sockeye salmon while others kayaked in Hanus Bay – some even got a glimpse at another mother brown bear and her cub before they dashed back into the forest!

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  • Lorino village, Chukotka, Russia

    A leisurely morning was welcomed by all after the excitement of whales with dinner and the crew show for dessert. After lunch, we headed to the small Inuit village of Lorino. We were treated not only with a sunny calm afternoon, but dances, tug-of-war with the locals, canoe races, and a sampling of local foods. All ashore enjoyed mingling with the locals, bird watching, and strolling through the village overlooking the Bering Sea.

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