Geographic Harbor and At Sea

Jul 23, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion had anchored in Geographic Harbor overnight, still within Katmai National Park. We were then in place to offer early rising guests an opportunity to go kayaking before breakfast. It promised to be a pleasant and colorful day.

Later in the morning we explored Geographic Harbor by Zodiac. This is the location where the Griggs Expedition, supported by National Geographic, set off in 1916 to learn about the massive eruption that occurred in the area in 1912. Now known as Novarupta, it was the largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century. We still see ash deposits as evidence of the cataclysm.

The water in Geographic Harbor was very clear and our dive team went in to film life below the surface. There were many bald eagles posing for photographs, but the brown bears were the highlight during the morning excursions.

The afternoon was filled with interesting presentations, conversations, recap, and a lovely dinner. The energy onboard was palpable after another exciting day aboard National Geographic Orion.

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Lee Moll


Lee grew up as a "Nature Girl" in the rural outskirts of New York City, where she developed and expressed her keen sense of biophilia.  She expanded her passion for the outdoors when she ventured to the western side of the country and she currently owns a home in Boise, Idaho.

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Eric Wehrmeister

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Eric began his life on the far western edge of Chicago, where the concrete meets the cornfields.  His inspiration has always drawn from the expansive beauty of the natural world, as well as the endless forms that populate it.

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