Drake Passage, Towards Antarctica

Jan 09, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


The relaxing nature of a day at sea is so often dashed by inclement weather conditions. As it were, the Drake Passage, the area of water betwixt South America and the Antarctic Peninsula, is notorious for just such weather conditions and just such hopes of relaxation being dashed. Fortunately for us all aboard the National Geographic Orion, the Drake Passage was a mild sea at most. We were introduced to the staff and crew, enjoyed lectures on photography, and began to learn about the continent and its conservation. Gentle waves rocked the ship as she steamed south, carrying our expectations and excitement into the eternal daylight.

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James Hyde

Naturalist

James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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