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  • At sea Mid-Atlantic, 5 degrees North

    As National Geographic Orion continued to ply her way south, flying fish strafed the white-capped sea and the sun baked hot over-head. 

  • Hood River, Oregon

    Waking up on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon was a surprise. We were supposed to be gazing at snow-capped Mt. Hood and the town of Hood River. A troublesome railroad bridge had prevented the National Geographic Sea Bird from cruising directly upriver. Motor coaches quickly arrived like the fabled cavalry, in bright fall sunshine. Driving east on the Oregon side of the Columbia River revealed more surprises.

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  • The Dalles, Oregon

    In the early morning the National Geographic Sea Lion was sailing upstream on the Columbia River toward The Dalles. Just before dawn a waning crescent moon stood above bright Venus in a clear sky. The moon was in the fourth quarter but the whole moon was visible as the sun lighted only a slim crescent and earthshine gave a pale and ghostly light to the rest of moon. In the growing light Orion was just visible above our starboard side. Buff-colored grasses of autumn that trim the dark basalt rocks forming the cliffs of basalt on either side of the river glowed in the early light. A line of Canada geese flew over, only silhouettes above the moon.

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  • North Seymour & Rabida Islands

    This day started with a matted grey overcast at North Seymour Island. As the sun started to illuminate our path, we noticed that this island was very different from the previous. Frigatebirds tended to their nesting areas and soared high above us. Lava lizards flitted about, and large land iguanas became active as they started to warm themselves in the equatorial sun. The sun was high in the sky when we returned to the ship to begin our navigation to our next destination for the day.

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  • English Narrows & Estero Eyre

    We awoke to beauty. The National Geographic Explorer floated calmly in front of a glacier chosen specially by our Chilean navigation pilots on board, a holding area to await the daylight needed for us to safely traverse the English Narrows. All hands were on deck for the weaving passageways of the narrows, a spot that must have been quite a nervous endeavour when the likes of Magellan were first passing through. The afternoon was full of ice once again, this time in front of the longest glacier in the whole of South America: Pio XI – named after none other than the Pope himself. 

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  • English Narrows & Estero Eyre

    We awoke to beauty. The National Geographic Explorer floated calmly in front of a glacier chosen specially by our Chilean navigation pilots on board, a holding area to await the daylight needed for us to safely traverse the English Narrows. All hands were on deck for the weaving passageways of the narrows, a spot that must have been quite a nervous endeavour when the likes of Magellan were first passing through. The afternoon was full of ice once again, this time in front of the longest glacier in the whole of South America: Pio XI – named after none other than the Pope himself. 

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  • Fort Clatsop, Astoria, and Cape Disappointment

    Blue sky and great weather grace our first day of the expedition. Ocean in view! Oh the joy!

  • Columbia River Gorge and Hood River, Oregon

    As the sky grew lighter this morning, we glimpsed Multnomah Falls, cascading down from the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge.  As we moved further up the Columbia, we made our way through Bonneville Lock.  Soon after the wind picked up considerably as we headed to Hood River, where we visited the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, the Mosier Tunnels along the Historic Columbia River Highway, and the Full Sail Brewery.

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  • At sea south of Cape Verde

    After a busy day at Cape Verde, it was nice to be back at sea.  Today was another glorious day filled with wildlife, delicious food, and engaging presentations.

  • Astoria, Oregon

    Our first full day of exploration took place at the mouth of the Columbia River.  We visited the replica of Lewis and Clark’s Fort Clatsop and then the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, OR.  In the afternoon, we crossed the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Washington to visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Waikiki Beach.  As we returned to the ship, we were greeted by our namesake, a California Sea Lion, swimming in the river next to the National Geographic Sea Lion.

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