Ensenada Grande

Dec 22, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Bird


From sunrise to sundown, Baja California opened our minds and bodies while in the presence of sea and desert beauty. Taking refuge from the wind, the National Geographic Sea Bird anchored in the large and protected bay of Ensendada Grande. Here we plunged into clear blue waters in search of eels, damselfish, and puffers. Other explorers paddled across ocean waves in search of a passing sea lion, heron near the shore, and crystal-clear views of the seafloor below. In the afternoon, many took to the trail, gawking at towering Cardon cacti and mindfully avoiding other small spines and brambles hiding between lava rocks and red dirt. The trail’s end rewarded us with cliff-side views of the Sea of Cortez and our return was hastened by the knowledge that cocktails and appetizers awaited us back at the ship. 

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Emily Pickering

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Emily was raised by two veterinarians in the mountains of Central Oregon, where she spent much of her time on the back of a horse dreaming about the sea. Her fascination was solidified by visits to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and summers spent gazing into tide pools and listening for killer whales off the coast of British Colombia.  

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