L907 Fall 2019 Trip Tales
Tuesdays, 2:15–3:40, Oct. 15–Nov. 12
Instructor: Lucy Richards
These Trip Tales involve expedition cruising, i.e., cruises on small ships to places classic cruise ships often cannot reach. The first presentation covers a cruise across the southern Atlantic beginning in Ushuaia, Argentina then stopping at the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and ending in Cape Town. The second presentation describes a cruise in the Indian Ocean to include stops in the Aldabra Atoll of the Seychelles (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Mayotte, Madagascar, and Reunion Island. The third reports on a cruise from New Zealand’s South Island heading south to sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand and Australia and then back through all three of New Zealand’s famous sounds, Dusky, Doubtful, and Milford. The fourth involves a cruise along the Humboldt Current on the west coast of South America from Ecuador to Chile, exploring both Moche and Inca cultures as well as a flight over the Nasca Lines and a day in the Atacama Desert. The fifth session will cover an Alaska cruise that began in Nome, went across the Bearing Strait to Russia, then back to the US, then straight down through the Bearing Sea and up the Aleutians.
Lucy Richards, a lawyer by training, spent much of her career with the State Department, and after retiring from the government she began to travel. Some of her travels have been on expedition cruises, taking small ships to less visited parts of the world. The focus on such cruises is not only on visiting these wild places but also on protecting them and their wildlife for future generations.