National Geographic Endeavour
From the Caledonian Star in the Chilean Fjords
This morning we visited Garibaldi Fjord. Our intrepid Captain, J”rgen Cardestig, maneuvered the ship through a field of brash ice for a closer approach to several of the glaciers in the fjord. Captain Cardestig is the dapper figure on the right, captured during a respite ashore on a sunny afternoon in Stanley, Falkland Islands. The scenery was extraordinary today! Vertical cliffs thickly draped with tall southern beech trees. Our Expedition Leader, Tom Richie (photo on the left), led our fleet of Zodiacs on an exploration of one of the many fjords here. We made a landing and many of us strode into the forest for a better look. As we passed between the trees there was a sudden silence. From above, the filtered light was pale and green, the reflections of ten thousand leaves. Our footfalls were noiseless and invisible as we gently moved across a lush carpet of mosses and tiny ferns. Occasionally, a deer trail crossed our path, turned behind a tree, crossed a stream, and disappeared into distant, secret glades. We were in a different world, older and greener than the one we knew. Reluctantly, we returned to the Caledonian Star , already eager for the next adventure.