|The National Geographic Venture was our home for one week in Baja California last week|
on a Lindblad Expedition. We traveled down the east coast and up the west coast of Baja.
|At sunrise, many passengers enjoy the light show from the bow of the ship.|
|At sunset in a beautiful anchorage one day, a local musical group performed on the sun deck.|
One of the naturalist staff enjoys accompanying them.
|In the ship’s dining room once, we had dinner with two naturalists, Carlos and Adrian,|
who are both very knowledgeable about the wildlife and the history of Mexico.
|The back of the ship, seen from the dock. The orange boat is a life boat. |
The second balcony from the back belonged to our cabin.
|Enjoying the sun on our balcony.|
The view from the ship
|Looking towards Cabo San Lucas at the tip of the Baja California peninsula.|
|The full moon was setting on our first morning onboard.|
|Late one afternoon, a very acrobatic whale was breaching off the end of the ship.|
We spent quite a lot of time whale watching from the bow of the ship.
Zodiac excursions from the ship
|After putting on a life vest and checking off our names on the On/Off Board, we and the other passengers|
would walk down the stairway to the Zodiac boats to go to beaches or to cruise around and see wildlife.
|On a Zodiac cruise.|
|A Zodiac tethered just below our balcony.|
|On one Zodiac cruise, we could see the Venture through a natural arch.|
|From the Zodiacs, we viewed a sea lion colony. Much of the coast of Baja is a protected nature reserve.|
Thus, the Zodiac stays a safe distance to avoid disturbing the animals.
|“Wet Landings” mean you wade to or from the Zodiac. Better roll up your pant legs!|
Cruising on special whale-watching boats called “pangas”
|In the two lagoons where breeding grey whales spend the winter months, the Mexican government allows |
only a small number of boats to take passengers to see these extraordinarily friendly animals.
|There is a theory that the whales are especially attracted to the sound of certain brands of outboard motor.|
On the dock
|One of our two days watching the breeding grounds of the whales was a two hour bus ride from the ship.|
This is the dock where we took these small boats — the pangas.
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