After spending the night anchored in Lowe Inlet, we awoke to almost clear skies and beautiful low clouds hanging over the surrounding mountains. It was wonderful to start our day with perfect weather, a morning of kayaking, and exploratory walks in this lush rainforest! During lunch, the kayaks and Zodiacs were raised back onboard, and National Geographic Venture started cruising toward Princess Royal Island to look for wildlife and spectacular scenery. After one black bear sighting and multiple humpback whale encounters along the way, we were cruising along the shore of Princess Royal Island and looking intensely for more wildlife. We encountered numerous beautiful and dramatic waterfalls. The weather was spectacular, and the staff and guests spent the entire day outside, basking in the sun and scenery!
National Geographic Venture
This is Erin and Alison (Grosvenor Teacher Fellows) taking over the daily expedition report one last time before we head home. Today on National Geographic Venture , we cruised an inlet along the coastal shores of British Columbia. The morning was spent on Zodiacs. We explored the islands and took a nice, casual walk along the coastal beach. With informative talks by our naturalist throughout our journey, we were excited to implement our new learning in this ecosystem. On Zodiacs, we stopped by one coast and spotted a nurse tree with a Sitka spruce growing from it. A kingfisher perched on top of the spruce and then flew past us with its unique musical call. A harbor seal popped over to say hi as well. As we hiked the shoreline, we found ourselves stepping over fallen driftwood. Taking a closer look, we discovered turkey tail fungus and slime mold growing on the fallen trees. Barnacles and remnants of bull kelp were scattered along the shore. Continuing to walk along the beach, we observed interesting rock formations. We are enthusiastic about science and nature. During our time aboard National Geographic Venture , we found ourselves more informed, more engaged, and more passionate about this beautiful ecosystem. We loved the discoveries we made while immersed in this space, and we incorporated the information provided by naturalists who shared their passion and work with us. We know that visiting this land is a special gift, and we look forward to sharing our newfound knowledge, experience, and connections with our school communities. Text and photographs by Grosvenor Teacher Fellows, Alison Katzko and Erin Schmidt