Isla San Esteban & Isla San Pedro Martir

Mar 08, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

No morning announcement was made on board the National Geographic Sea Lion on the dawn of March 8th. In the pre-dawn, many sleepy faces lumbered their way to the marina deck and boarded the inflatable boats, headed for shore. Making a landing before sunrise is a rare and beautiful outing for one of our expeditions and this particular morning did not disappoint. With an east facing shore, the beach at Isla San Esteban forgives a spectacular morning view. After breakfast, we repositioned to Isla San Pedro Martir. This epic cruising opportunity was full of sea lions, incredible bird life, and human history to boot.

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James Hyde


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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Matthew Ritenour

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Matthew grew up on the Gulf of Mexico, where a love of geography, culture and history were instilled at a young age. He studied anthropology at California State University, Chico, and soon began working at the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA), a documentary production studio that focuses on sharing the results of anthropological research with the public. As a cinematographer and editor at ALVA, he documented research on everything from the effects of drought in California, to looted petroglyphs in the Sierra Nevada high desert, and the global trade in emeralds.

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