Silver Discoverer: Seward to Nome

 

 

Day 1 - July 19, 2014 - Seward

Back on the waterfront and once the ship’s company was all aboard, the officers and crew conducted the routine and mandatory safety drills required before sailing. Shortly after conclusion of the drill, our Expedition Leader Conrad gathered everyone once again in the Explorer Lounge for a chance to meet some of the key crewmembers and the Expedition Staff.


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Day 2 - July 20, 2014 - The feeding frenzy

And we were rewarded not only by glorious sunshine and distant Alaskan vistas, but with various bird species: kittiwakes and gulls in a feeding frenzy, many Horned and some Tufted Puffins drifting in rafts and flying past our Zodiacs, glimpses of the beautiful black/green plumage of cormorants soaring through the air, scoters drifting on the ocean and even a Bald Eagle


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Day 3 - July 13, 2010 - Katmai National Park, Alaska

We set off towards the same section of bay where I had seen the bear foraging in the shallows, and discovered that the female now had two cubs trailing her, who must have initially been hidden in the long grass up from the beach at the time of our scouting mission. The cubs were very playful, constantly contesting one another to a wrestle and chasing each other along the shore line


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Day 4 - July 22, 2014 - Morning landing at the Semidi Islands

Up a grassy slope on to a raised beach – now a meadow full of flowers and greenery.  Then the path sloped more gently up a rise, with wonderful views from the cliff over the landing beach, and rocky headlands.   About half a dozen guests went with Kit across the top of the grassy ‘meadow’ to get spectacular views over the ocean from the other side.


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Day 5 - July 23, 2014 - The remains of the church

From a distance the church with the tower seemed intact. Only standing close, you could see that the roof was standing on the ground, as the walls had collapsed. 

In the fenced-in churchyard a couple of Great Horned Owls were discovered when flying from tree to tree. They had two young, and we had a nice opportunity to watch this huge owl at a close distance.



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Day 6 - July 24, 2014 - Dutch Harbor, Alaska

The American Bald Eagle was probably the most obvious and iconic wild species in the area and numerous individuals were seen perched on buildings and flying around the town. After our morning visit to the town, we departed the berth at lunchtime in glorious sunshine en route to St Paul Island.


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Day 7 - July 25, 2014 - St. Paul Island

I headed up to see the bird cliffs and was rewarded with stunningly close views of Tufted Puffins and Common Murres perched on the rocky ledges. It was not difficult to get great photos of the seabirds and even an Arctic Fox curled up on the rocks far below.


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Day 8 - July 26, 2014 - St Matthew Island & Hall Island, Alaska, US

Today it was both beautiful and bleak. The long beach was strewn with driftwood and the tundra meadow behind full of wild flowers. Birds swooped overhead and the tall and overgrown grass was full of Ground Squirrel burrows.


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Day 9 - July 28, 2014 - Arriving to the city of Provideniya

The town of Provideniya is a Russian coal mining town, set against a picturesque mountain. Some of the buildings are brightly painted to bring a bit of cheer to a northerly industrial town, which would not see a lot of light in mid winter.


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Day 10 - July 28, 2014 - The midnight sun in Nome

During the day we crossed the dateline and lost a day and both in the morning and again in the evening we had to set the clock forward two hours to go back to Alaska Time.


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Day 11 - July 29, 2014 - Surfing in Wales

We arrived at the township of Wales, the westernmost community on the mainland of North America, shortly after breakfast and proceeded to make a wet landing by Zodiac. On this occasion it truly was a wet landing, as the beach was gently shelving sand and there were large breakers rolling in which created some surf from time to time.


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