Monday, July 28, 2014

Chile, French Polynesia

Executive summary by darmansjah

ISLAND HOPPER from 1772 to 1775, during his second expediton-a fruitless bid to find themythical Terra Australis-Captain James Cook – THE CAPTAIN  from merchant navy apprentice to Royal Navy captain. James Cook (1728-1779) commanded three historic voyages, during which he charted countless coastlines, claimed the eastern coast of Australia for Britain, circled Antarctica, and became the first known European to reach the Hawaiian Islands and over the final hump from Fortuna Bay to the remains of the Stromness whaling station. Polar Explorers: “Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island,” 17 days; $18,350 -  cruised Polynesia on the H.M.S. Resolution. He stopped to chart Easter Island, the launching point for this voyages abroad the 114-passenger M.S. Caledonian Sky. The next few ports, in the Pitcairn Islands, recall another Royal Society foray some 15 years later, as the place settled by some of the mutineers of the H.M.S. Bounty. Meet some of their descendants before calling on the idyllic, if less storied, island of Mangareva and the Tuamotus archipelago for nature walks and snorkeling amid iridescent fish. Wilderness Travel: “ in the Wake of the Bounty: Easter Island to Tahiti aboard the M.S, Caledonian Sky,” 19 days; $11,495

Sunday, July 27, 2014

CHILE

Patagonian Sip and Bike

Executive summary by darmansjah

WINE-tasting pairs with easy-going biking in the Casablanca and San Antonio valleys. Then the action moves to the Lake District and northern Patagonia for white-knuckle white-water rafting on the petrohue River, a hike around the base of the snowcapped Osorno Volcano, and a traditional lamb barbecue hosted by local gauchos. Santiago Adventures: “Bikes, Wine and Patagonia,” 8 days; $ 3,290


Saturday, July 26, 2014

CALIFORNIA

In Muir’s Eyes

Executive summary by darmansjah

DESPITE pleas by John Muir, the Hetch Hetchy, a glacial valley in northwest Yosemite National Park, was clear-cut and flooded to be used as a reservoir in the 1920s. one hundred years later, environmentalists continue to champion Muir’s cause. This annual guided backpacking trip is a chance to chime in-participants must raise at least $1,900-while experiencing parts of Yosemite unseen by most. Restore Hetch Hetchy: “Muir’s March, Yosemite National Park,” 7 days; $1,900 fundraising minimum.