At Sea and Arriving to Nome

Jul 08, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

This voyage crosses the International Date Line, so this is the second DER for July 8.

Our morning at sea was punctuated with lectures and delicious meals and of all strange things: sun! The Bering Sea was certainly not in its famed state of upheaval. Vitus Bering probably never saw the glassy seas, sunshine, and warm temperatures we experienced as we crossed from Russia, back to the USA. In the late afternoon, Nome was in sight and by the time cocktail hour rolled around, we were already comfortably alongside. It is always bittersweet to come to the end of an expedition, and as the guest slideshow rolled and stories were rehashed we all felt very close indeed.

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James Hyde

Undersea Specialist

James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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