Archives for March, 2011

Yesterday I visited Nightingale Island, in the remote Tristan da Cunha island group in the far South Atlantic. The island was on my scheduled itinerary, however, the oil spill that preceded my visit was not. This brief video shows some of what I saw and you see my photo gallery here.

UPDATE: Watch my recent video from Nightingale Island. Ecological disaster is not the story I wanted to send from this place, but it’s the one that is happening here right now. I sailed to the Tristan Da Cunha island group because I was following a lifelong dream. The remotest set of inhabited islands in the…

I spent the last three days on South Georgia, surrounded by nature at its most gargantuan, if not its tenderest. When not gaping at the massive pointed mountains or the mammoth blue ice glaciers, I was busy trudging through marshes of soft, glowing green moss or observing the wobbly movements of a three-day old penguin…

Keeping Warm

Two minutes in the local store tells me more about a place than any travel brochure ever can. In Stanley—the tiny, two-story, tin roof capital of the Falkland Islands—I walk into “the shop” and notice fly swatters, folded camouflage coats, and a row of tea, cookies and candy all flown in from England, some 8,000…

Baby Birds

After a day at sea on the MV National Geographic Explorer, we reached the wistful western isles of the Falklands. Such minute map specks might seem a forlorn destination but in real life, they are brimming with new life and rare scenery. I’ve traveled here once before and am always reverenced by the wind as…

At Sea

Well, I’m back on board a moving vessel and headed out across the great big, blue open. Out of all the modes of travel, I must confess that I do love ships. I absolutely love the feeling of being out on the water–the wind whipping my hair as the engines of the MV National Geographic…

I spend a lot of time on planes. This is not a special feat. A century ago, putting man in the sky for just a few seconds conquered the impossible dream. Today, air travel feels a lot less dreamy. It fills days and nights of our lives—I’m guessing that right now, more people spend more…