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Opportunities in October

Opportunities in October

It is very difficult to believe that we are almost in October, and 2022 will soon be a memory only. Two and a half years on from March 2020, and the local beginning of Lock-down.September heralded my return after 12 weeks on a ship in Canada and Alaska. Springtime is...

Alaskan chapter closes for 2022

Alaskan chapter closes for 2022

Mae West once commented that all good things come to an end. In fairness, having flown to Vancouver on 24 May, there were many times during this 3-month season when I wondered whether 26 August would ever arrive.Upon reflection, it has been a fantastic experience, and...

Seabourn Odyssey –  06/08/2022 – Haines, Alaska

Seabourn Odyssey –  06/08/2022 – Haines, Alaska

On a beautiful morning, in very calm water, Seabourn Odyssey approached Haines. A very different scene to the fog which greeted us at the Inian Islands yesterday. The tide was low, and glacial moraines were clearly visible. Low clouds accentuated the scene, with...

Times are changing

Times are changing

In April 2020 we embarked on a storytelling journey with Patreon online, which turned out to be our lifesaver through Lock-down. Trying not to complain, we lit a candle in the darkness.What an irony as the ANC have completely failed South Africa, and cannot keep the...

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada  ~ DisembarkingOn a beautiful sunny morning, the Captain brought Seabourn Odyssey alongside Canada Place in Vancouver at 7am. Long before the ship is cleared and guests are allowed to disembark, the activity begins. A massive fuel barge is...

Haines, Alaska  ~ July 2022,  onboard Seabourn Odyssey

Haines, Alaska  ~ July 2022,  onboard Seabourn Odyssey

On a beautiful morning, and very calm water, Seabourn Odyssey approached Haines early this morning. With the tide low, glacial moraines were clearly visible, and a large Brown Bear was seen ambling along the beach. Pronounced shoulder hump confirming its maturity....

Life’s changing seasons

Life’s changing seasons

After my motorbike fall in May 2019, and subsequent injuries, Karen and I travelled through this beautiful region of our globe together. In 2020 I offered to work for Seabourn in South America/Antarctica. Covid halted those operations abruptly, and I got home...

Three weeks in Canada/Alaska

Three weeks in Canada/Alaska

Siegfried Sassoon once famously said "Measure Life not by how many breaths you take, but rather by how many times Life takes your breath away". Given his ghastly experiences in the trenches on the Somme, and the death of his dear friend Corporal O'Brien, Sassoon was...

South-east Alaska

South-east Alaska

One of my early travel objectives was to drive the Alaska/Canada Highway, known more specifically as the AlCan. Initially the many fuel and oil drums left along the way provided the humorous nickname of OilCan Highway. After driving the beautiful 2500km route, I...

The allure of the North

The allure of the North

The past 3 weeks have been little short of manic, yet hugely gratifying. Between a large tour to Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, getting my Canadian visa two weeks before departure, road trip and successful time in Cape Town despite last-minute cancellation of a venue,...

Creating one’s luck

Creating one’s luck

Gary Player was famous for saying : 'the harder he practiced, the luckier he became'. This creates a myriad conversations in terms of remaining fit for purpose, and importantly in our game, remaining visible and available. During the challenging Lock-down period we...

“Endurance is patience concentrated.”

“Endurance is patience concentrated.”

March 2022 Social media abounds with the hype and extraordinary news of Shackleton’s ship Endurance being found in 3008 meters of water in the Weddell Sea, 107 years after it was smashed by ice in 1915. This discovery has deservedly grabbed global attention.“Men...

17 February 2022 ~ Tristan da Cunha Island group

17 February 2022 ~ Tristan da Cunha Island group

Thankfully the day dawned bright and blue. My cabin mate, a charming Australian called George Kennedy, expert on Geo-politics, experienced Expedition Team member and highly qualified paramedic, is also a very keen photographer. When we opened the curtains this morning...

10 February 2022 ~ Back on South Georgia

10 February 2022 ~ Back on South Georgia

Ten years ago exactly I recall vividly my first visit to South Georgia. As an absolute greenhorn, sharing a cabin with another rookie (American ornithologist), we jumped up to look out of the cabin window. The ocean was a wild tempest, the Captain was steaming up and...

7 February 2022 ~ Antarctic Peninsula and the team

7 February 2022 ~ Antarctic Peninsula and the team

As some of you know, I spent 10 days in isolation/quarantine in Chile, before embarking on my Silversea voyage from Punta Arenas. It was a useful time to decompress after a busy 2 months with A&K, and reflect upon just what an incredible vocation this is. There...

Wednesday 2 February 2022 ~ Chilean Fjordland

Wednesday 2 February 2022 ~ Chilean Fjordland

From my hotel room in Punta Arenas, where I had spent 8 days in isolation/quarantine (the first 2 in Santiago), I could see the quay where seemingly all expedition ships berthed. Turns out there is another quay closer to the airport. Karen messaged me to say that my...

Brown Paper Bags – the end

Brown Paper Bags – the end

Today is my Day 10 of mandatory Chilean quarantine, which began in Santiago, and continued in Punta Arenas. I have mentioned to many friends that I understand now why prisoners are often more of a threat to society upon release, than they may have been upon...

Thursday 27 January 2022 ~ Brown paper bags

Thursday 27 January 2022 ~ Brown paper bags

Those of you kind enough to read my last blog will know about my time between terminals and flights in Buenos Aires, then the 24 hour delay in flying south from Santiago to Punta Arenas. Having travelled through Argentina a fair number of times now, I am well aware of...

Sunday 23 January 2022 ~ Pontificating for Punta Arenas

Sunday 23 January 2022 ~ Pontificating for Punta Arenas

Greetings from Santiago, Chile. With the cruise industry in chaos due to Covid, we were unusually fortunate in being able to complete 4 cruises, as planned. Many companies cancelled their entire season, some cruises were abandoned on day of departure. The Ushuaia bay...

20 January 2022 ~ Catamaran tour in Beagle Channel

20 January 2022 ~ Catamaran tour in Beagle Channel

After having to rush back to Ushuaia a full day early, it appears we have had a run of good fortune. The weather in Antarctica on the day we were forced to forfeit was so windy, that safe operations were extremely unlikely. Yet the weather today in Ushuaia was almost...

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