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#42
Tulsa OK
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Originally posted by Stumblefoot
Very cool! Is there a lot of polar cod in those seas that are attracting so many walrus?
The walrus eat clams, and they love to hang out in this location because it is relatively shallow water with. Lots of clams. We saw the shells all over on the beach.

Will try to post more pics today. Internet kept giving me a failure signal yesterday.
#46
Tulsa OK
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Originally posted by lkbside
Great write up Rachel. Sounds like everything is going well - lucky you to have seen those bears.

That's interesting that you had so many mosquitos at the hot springs landing - we didn't have any there, or really anywhere thankfully.


If there is a mosquito anywhere, it will find me. There were millions, but fortunately my skin was mostly covered by clothing so no bites. One guy had a really cool mosquito jacket and hood. Lots of people had mosquito netting over their heads.


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#47
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Originally posted by RachelG
The walrus eat clams, and they love to hang out in this location because it is relatively shallow water with. Lots of clams. We saw the shells all over on the beach.

Will try to post more pics today. Internet kept giving me a failure signal yesterday.
Thanks for the explanation Rachel! I didn't think about the water being shallow. Completely makes sense now.

BTW... loving your pics! I especially like the one with George and the three dancing girls where the brunette was looking at him while you caught George laughing. It was so cute! Would have loved to been a fly on the wall to see what you said to capture him laughing like that.
#48
Tulsa OK
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Originally posted by Stumblefoot
Thanks for the explanation Rachel! I didn't think about the water being shallow. Completely makes sense now.

BTW... loving your pics! I especially like the one with George and the three dancing girls where the brunette was looking at him while you caught George laughing. It was so cute! Would have loved to been a fly on the wall to see what you said to capture him laughing like that.
I think I told him something like “ snuggle up with the girls so I can get a good picture”.
#49
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Originally posted by RachelG
I think I told him something like “ snuggle up with the girls so I can get a good picture”.
Awesome!


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#50
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On our trip we did bring mosquito netting hats which also had insect repellant in them. My DH chided me for buying such items, as he felt they looked ridiculous but later he was happy to don it, they were worth every penny. The mosquitoes swarm all over you as you said! Hope you don't get bitten.
#51
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Wow.great experiences captured with wonderful pictures.
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#53
Tulsa OK
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Originally posted by Daveywavey70
Would I be ok in my beekeeping suit do you think?
That would work well. George has one, just a little too bulky to pack.
#54
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August 17, 2018–Cape Kuyveveem, Chukotka Peninsula, Russia

After another totally smooth night of sailing, we awoke to a bright sunny day. With practically no wind and temps in the 40s, it was perfect for zodiac cruising. We went out in 2 groups. Since we were second, we had time for a leisurely breakfast, then I got some steps in on the hamster track while George worked out in the gym.

At 9:30, it was our turn to board the zodiacs to explore the granite and basalt cliffs that are prime nesting areas for all kinds of birds. I am not a big bird person, but I do know what puffins are and there were thousands nesting on the cliffs. There were also cormorants, harlequin ducks (in the water), a bunch of different gulls, kittiwakes. Very noisy with lots of flight going on.

There were several sea caves, plus a big rock arch that we were able to explore. This is only possible if the sea is fairly calm, so we were lucky.

After an hour and a half on the water, we headed back to the ship. The afternoon included a couple of lectures about marine mammals and Russian history as we sailed back to Provideniya to clear Russian customs on our way back to the US.

Just as we arrived at Provideniya, a dense fog bank started rolling it. It definitely makes me appreciate modern navigational equipment. You could barely see from one side of the bay to the other.

The captain’s welcome is tonight, a bit later in the cruise than usual as we have just been so busy. It is one of my favorite menus, and I have already decided what I am having—the little egg rolls, the artichoke appetizer, and venison. We are to dine with the expedition program coordinator, so i am sure George will be putting in a word for long hikes. Then we have to have face to face inspection with the Russian officials again after dinner, strange time for a customs inspection.
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Turns out they were able to do the Russian inspection before dinner. And my venison was as yummy as I anticipated.

Here are a couple of zodiac pics from yesterday




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Beautiful scenery, and weather!

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