Voyage 9412

Silver Discoverer - Nome to Nome

 

 

Day 1 - July 31, 2014 - Conrad, the Expedition Leader, introduces key staff members

There was then a chance to have a rest and recover from the long journey before we had the mandatory safety briefing and lifeboat drill. This was followed by an introduction to some of the key staff on the ship and the Expedition Team


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Day 2 - August 2, 2014 - Theatrical performance of Russian dances

Then we were treated to a wonderful cultural performance in a stylish theatre with a large stage: there were typical Russian folk dances, Eskimo throat-singing demonstrations, and a talented native Chukotkan group of girls entertained us with a comprehensive sample of local music and dance styles.


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Day 3 - August 3, 2014 - A light-coloured Grey Whale diving..

the ship turned around to stop after the sighting of a group of Grey Whales intensively feeding. Within just 25 min almost everybody was in one of the six Zodiacs moving gently in direction of a large group of gulls and fulmars 600 metres from the ship. Judging by the number of flukes and sprays 6 or 7 Grey Whales were feasting in fish together with the many sea birds.


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Day 4 - August 4, 2014 - Anastasiya Bay, Kamchatka, Russia

Before we had climbed the hill, and after the area had been scouted, Conrad and Sergey had used their time ashore to collect driftwood for a bonfire. By the time we had come down the hill the whole setting –beach, snacks, drinks, and bonfire- called for an extended stay. Craig had conveniently brought his mandolin and we enjoyed a sing-along on the beach.


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Day 5 - August 5, 2014 - Glubokaya Bay and Machevnaya Bay, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

In the afternoon we took to the Zodiacs in Machevnaya Bay. Through a narrow opening we entered a meandering river and headed upstream. After a brief exploration along the river, where Stickleback Fish were found dead onshore, we landed near a massive outcrop that had resulted from a pyroclastic flow. In the shallows close to shore we watched dozens of Red (Sockeye) Salmon shoaling.


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Day 6 - August 6, 2014 - Lavrova Bay, Russia

We took a guided walk through the wooden fish drying area, where there were stunning Dwarf Fireweed to catch our eye. It was still raining and after our exploration of the fish processing ruins, most of our guests elected to return to the ship, where they could have a drink of their choice to warm up.


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Day 7 - August 8, 2014 -  Verkhoturova Island and Tymlat Village 

 

The guests were transferred ashore after a scenic Zodiac ride along the bay. Upon arrival, the locals gave us a very warm welcome with a smoking ceremony to cleanse our spirit, followed by a performance of traditional song and dance.

 


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Day 8 - August 8, 2014 - Yuzhnaya Glubokaya & Tintikyn Lagoon, Kamchatka, Russia

Our reward was bears, bears, bears everywhere we looked. Most of them were high up on the towering slopes of the bay, some with a cub, some solitary. I spotted one, two guests spotted another and we spent about an hour fascinated and absorbed as we followed the amblings of bears over scree slopes, through scrub, across grass, constantly pausing to nibble at greenery, berries and bugs. The total number of bears today? 21!!!!


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Day 9 - August 9, 2014 - Petra Bay, Kamchatka, Russia

After everyone had returned to the ship, we repositioned into Pavel Bay and slowly cruised towards the far end, enjoying the spectacular mountainous landscape. Tea was served on the Pool Deck and Zodiacs were launched so that those who wanted could try out their skill at water skiing on a surf board


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Day 10 - August 10, 2014 - Pavel Bay, Kamchatka to Anadyr, Chukotka, Russia

The number of Killer Whales was impressive. Richard, our photographer, counted 20 whales in one photo, covering just a fraction of the whole scenery. In total at least 100 and maybe as many as 200 Killer Whales were feasting on fish this morning. An unprecedented sight for all of us


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Day 11 - August 11, 2014 - Anadyr, Chukotka Region, Russia

Like many northern towns that have to deal with short summers and very long winters, Anadyr is painted in all colours of the rainbow – in order to lift the moods of its inhabitants and to look more cheerful and hospitable for infrequent visitors like ourselves.


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Day 12 - August 12, 2014 - Enmelen and Kuyveveem Bay, Chukotka, Russia

Besides the most spectacular scenery of sheer granite rocks with very distinct basaltic dikes, caves and arches, thousands and thousands of Tufted Puffins were nesting in the patches of grass and crevasses. None of us had seen this abundance of these charismatic birds yet.


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Day 13 - August 13, 2014 - Hot Springs and Lorino Village, Chukotka, Russia

For those liking water sports a rowing competition was arranged and some of our guests even helped rowing the umiaks. Two different sled-dog-teams came onto the beach –one was dragging a huge tricycle, the other just a sled; again, we were invited to make use of the teams.


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Day 14 - August 14, 2014 - The early morning light enriched the vivid colours of the freshly painted buildings aligned along the base of the mountain which make up the small town of Provideniya. The Captain anchored the ship in the bay, and the Russian authorities came out to us to undergo a face-to-passport check for all of the guests and crew.

The early morning light enriched the vivid colours of the freshly painted buildings aligned along the base of the mountain which make up the small town of Provideniya. The Captain anchored the ship in the bay, and the Russian authorities came out to us to undergo a face-to-passport check for all of the guests and crew.


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