At Sea to Teller, Alaska

Sep 03, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


Wake up! Eat! Learn! Pack!

This is the last day of our expedition and a perfect time to remember all of the stops we’ve made along the way. One of our staff members, Peter Webster, has been memorializing through sculpture each activity on the chart in our Observation Lounge.

We always have a chart to mark our route, but this one is particularly memorable. We didn’t know that Peter had this talent for sculpture, yet he has been re-creating our experiences in colorful clay.

The first figurine shows the multi-story buildings of Provideniya, followed by the tower at Cape Dezhnev, dance performances, our tug-of-war at Lorino, and zodiac cruises. He has also represented many species: humpback whale, bowhead whale, walrus, polar bear, lemming, and puffin.

Throughout the voyage, many guests visited the Observation Lounge expressly to look for new additions to the chart collection.

In other news, we learned about marine currents and invasive species from Marylou Blakeslee, as well as polar diving and physiology from Dr. Joanne Feldman and Peter Webster.

After lunch we had a disembarkation briefing (yes, the end is nigh) and screened a couple of films.

By suppertime we were anchored outside of Teller, Alaska where we will be disembarking by Zodiac due to high winds in Nome. This is Plan B, but we have our boots and waterproofs ready for this, our final test on the tundra. 

Before we face that challenge, we will have a chance to gather in the lounge with our Captain tonight for a farewell cocktail and to watch a slideshow of our adventures together.

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About the Author

Jennifer Kingsley

National Geographic Explorer

Jennifer Kingsley is a Canadian journalist, a National Geographic Explorer, and the Field Correspondent for Lindblad Expeditions. She has travelled extensively in the global Arctic and throughout the temperate rain forest of the Pacific Rim. After completing her biology degree, she worked in Canada's Rocky Mountain National Parks before moving to British Columbia to specialize in grizzly bear ecology. Jennifer spent several seasons sailing among the whales, bears, and wolves of the Great Bear Rainforest. 

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