AdventureSmith Explorations

 
ASE_logo_blk_ver.gifBased in Lake Tahoe, California, AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, expeditionary cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith pioneered the concept of wilderness cruising - combining the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking and exploring ashore in remote wilderness areas. Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations carefully matches its guests with the top names in expedition cruising as well as smaller, boutique ships that don't make the radar of most travelers.
 
Dedicated to small footprint, sustainable travel AdventureSmith Explorations orchestrates connections with the world's most exotic natural environments and vibrant native cultures through small ship cruising. Voyages combine intimate cruising with rewarding and exciting activities such as sea kayaking, hiking, and rafting in places usually not found on more mainstream itineraries. The company specializes in extraordinary, off-the-beaten-path destinations in Alaska, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Guatemala, the Arctic, Antarctica and New Zealand.
 
Commitment to Sustainable Travel
The nature of modern travel inherently emits harmful carbon emissions through the burning of fossil fuels. Planes, ships, cars and lodges are all sources of additional carbon in our atmosphere and contribute to global warming. AdventureSmith Explorations has calculated the amount of carbon emitted by their small ship cruise passengers each year. Through the company’s Carbon Free Cruising campaign they have completely neutralized those emissions and hope to educate travelers about how to fight global warming by reducing their own carbon footprint. See https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/carbon-free-cruising for more information.
 
In addition to its ground breaking Carbon Free Cruising initiative, the company's mission is to give back to the individuals, communities and environments touched by AdventureSmith Explorations trips by connecting travelers with a network of grassroots and global nonprofit partners worldwide including the Alaska Natural History Association, Neotropica Foundation, and Galapagos Conservancy. See: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/conservation for more information.
 
Destinations
 
NORTH AMERICA
 
Bears and wolves, whales and sea otters reward intrepid travelers who explore off the beaten path in Alaska. Cruise it by small ship or yacht and explore the backcountry in style from luxury eco lodges. view alaska adventures
 
British Columbia small ship and yacht cruises travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in North America. Experience mist-shrouded fjords, coastal wilderness, and unique ports of call. view british columbia adventures
 
Explore the majestic Columbia and Snake rivers in the path of Lewis and Clark. Cruise aboard a small ship or yacht, visit Washington's wine country and enjoy the epicurean delights provided by the fertile lands of the Pacific Northwest. view columbia river adventures
 
Baja California and Mexico's Sea of Cortez reveal a land of contrasts. Beautifully harsh, cactus covered desert landscapes and islands give way to rich waters home to whales, dolphins and countless sea creatures. view baja adventures
 
Soaring volcanoes, crashing waterfalls, lush rain forests, vast coffee farms and golden sand beaches beckon the visitor to Hawaii. Explore the remote coves, bays and shoreline by kayak, sailboat, mountain bike and motor launch. view hawaii adventures
 
CENTRAL AMERICA
 
Verdant rain and cloud forests, an astounding diversity of tropical birds and wildlife, active volcanoes, spectacular waterfalls and beautiful beaches. Explore from upscale wilderness lodges or aboard a Costa Rica cruise by small ship. view costa rica adventures
 
Panama has it all... mountains, jungles, beaches, bird life and an astounding biodiversity of flora and fauna. Cruise up close aboard small ships exploring both coasts and the Panama Canal. view panama adventures
 
Explore ancient Maya cities cloaked in pristine rain forest home to abundant tropical birds and wildlife. Enjoy activity and relaxing on beautiful Caribbean beaches and a world-class barrier reef. view belize adventures
 
Adventures that highlight the rich cultural traditions of today's living Maya as well as ancient cities and temples with an abundance of active volcanoes, pristine rain and cloud forests, wild rivers and sacred caves. view guatemala adventures
SOUTH AMERICA
 
Quite simply a Galapagos Island cruise is the vacation of a lifetime. Our small ships and yachts are the finest available staffed with expert local naturalist guides to interpret the unique environment and wildlife of the islands. view galapagos adventures
 
The highlight of travel to Peru is South America's premier ruins, Machu Picchu or an Amazon Cruise aboard a small ship. Enjoy guided explorations of Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of Urubamba, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon rain forest. view peru adventures
 
NORTHERN EUROPE
 
Northern Europe is an unrivaled place filled with dramatic landscapes, timeless towns and intriguing historical places and cultural interactions. Visitors venturing out on a Northern Europe cruise are rewarded with intimate nature-based experiences and intriguing cultural interactions that are not experienced on the well-trodden paths by the average traveler.  view northern europe adventures
 

MEDITERRANEAN 

The rich history and culture of the Mediterranean Sea is perfect for small ship cruising. Our itineraries take you from Greece's Santorini to Montenegro's Bar, Croatia's Dalmatian Coast and Turkey's Istanbul aboard exclusive yachts and sailing vessels small enough for secluded bays and intimate harbors. See the most popular tourist destination in the world as few do.  view mediterranean adventures

POLAR REGIONS
 
Explore Antarctica - one of the last true wilderness areas left on earth and a continent of superlatives. Expedition cruises utilize long days to experience the world's greatest concentration of wildlife. view antarctica adventures
 
One of the most remote and fascinating regions of the world, recently accessible only to the privileged few. Spectacular fjords, towering mountains and glaciers; walrus and polar bear; and historic sites of polar exploration. view arctic adventures
PACIFIC
 
With the unique experience of the harsh outback contrasted by the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, this place is truly unforgettable. Small ship cruise in style and luxury aboard the Orion while preparing for amazing land expeditions ahead. view australia adventures
 
The adventure capital of the world boasting diversity from alpine mountains and glaciers to sub tropical forest and beaches. Swim with dolphins, soak in hot springs, kayak archipelagos, hike glaciers and trek famous alpine routes. view new zealand adventures
 
Cruise through pristine cobalt blue waters and explore the great variety of dramatic volcanic and coral islands and atolls and meet the locals whose rich cultural heritage is evident in the fascinating archaeological ruins dotting the countryside. view pacific island adventures
 
Japan is a nation with history, culture, and beauty unlike any other. Each of the places you'll explore present new insights into a realm that has fascinated travelers for millennia. view southeast asia adventures

Contact Information

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AdventureSmith Explorations Secures Relationship With Travel Dynamics International To Offer New Small Ship Cruises to Belize

 

Seven-Night Programs Come with $2,000-Plus Savings if Booked by Aug. 1, 2012

TAHOE CITY, CA, July 11, 2012 – The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations, announces savings of over $2,000 for bookings made by Aug. 1, 2012, on a new small ship cruise to Belize beginning in late December and including an optional pre-cruise extension to Guatemala.

Ancient Sites, Rain Forests and Coral Reefs dates are Dec. 22-29; Dec. 29-Jan. 5; Jan. 5-12; Jan. 12-19; Jan. 19-26; Jan. 26-Feb. 2; Feb. 2-9; and Feb. 16-23. Cruises begin and end in Belize City. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/464

Seven-night, all-inclusive cruises on the 138-guest Yorktown include ample off-ship opportunities to snorkel the world’s second largest barrier reef, explore Maya ruins, hike the Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve with a naturalist guide, and relax on Laughing Bird and South Water Cayes. There is also an optional extension to Tikal and Xunantunich, Guatemala. Excursions are enriched by naturalists, Mayanists, archaeologists and scientists who lecture on board.

Guests are assisted on and off ship by the seasoned Travel Dynamics International tour staff that specializes in escorted study groups around the world. Cocktail receptions, baggage handling and transfers and gratuities to porters, guides and drivers are all included in the fee offering savings from $1,600 to $2,200 per cabin if booked by Aug. 1. Per person, after-discount rates begin at $3,795.

The Belize Barrier Reef is known to support 70 species of hard coral, 36 species of soft coral, 500 species of fish and hundreds of species of invertebrates. At Great Blue Hole, a 1,000-foot circular coral rim, the clear water reveals underwater stalactites and sea creatures. Birders will delight in red-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, motmots, trogons, great green macaws, parrots and toucans. Active travelers enjoy swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.

The ship was built to maneuver in and out of small bays and cayes that are inaccessible to larger cruise liners. A spacious lounge, dining room, sun deck, swimming platform and Internet access compliment comfortable cabin accommodations.

About Travel Dynamics International

Travel Dynamics International is the leading operator of high-caliber educational and cultural cruises aboard small ships. Offering customized voyages guided by distinguished scholars and experts, Travel Dynamics International caters to the traveler who has a keen intellectual interest in history, culture and nature. Founded on the belief that traveling and learning about the world and its many cultures enriches individuals and society as a whole, Travel Dynamics International excels at voyages that engage travelers with the destination and with one another.

About AdventureSmith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Panama, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, Australia and now the Mediterranean.

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/

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Small Ship Cruise Expert AdventureSmith Explorations Suggests Top Five Regions for Viewing Penguins

 

TAHOE CITY, CA, June 26, 2012 – The active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/), earmarks some of the best places in the world to watch the antics of penguins.  

Todd Smith, company founder and director, reminds that there are 17 species of penguin, all of which, except for the Galapagos Penguin, live in the Southern Hemisphere. For example, there are six common penguin species in Antarctic regions alone: Adelie, Chinstrap, Emperor, Gentoo, King and Macaroni.

“Penguins are marvelous creatures that capture the imagination of travelers young and old. The dream of encountering penguins in the wild, in their natural habitat, for some, like me, is the holy grail of wildlife adventures,” Smith said.

Small ship cruises make viewing penguins in the wild easy, comfortable and low impact. Ice-strengthened hulls allow small expedition vessels carrying between 49 and 149 guests to navigate around the ice and into protected coves and bays. Once in the region, expedition leaders take over, presenting the life and lore of penguins during shore excursions and through on-ship education programs. Depending on the cruise guests can often ski, camp, snowshoe and kayak among the friendly creatures.

Following are Smith’s top-five locations for viewing penguins from the comfort and vantage of small ships.  Participation can be arranged by AdventureSmith Explorations.

Patagonia: Megallanic Penguins live along the coasts of South America and are easily observed in Chile’s Tierra del Fuego region of Patagonia. Patagonia Expedition Cruises aboard the 128 guest Via Australis operates September through April; penguins can be seen throughout this time. Cruises begin in Ushuaia, Argentina, and end in Punta Arenas, Chile, or reverse. These cruises are commonly combined with overland explorations of Patagonia’s Torres del Paine, the Atacama Desert or Santiago, Chile.

Antarctica - Ross Sea, Commonwealth Bay and Macquarie Islands and Antipodes: Explorations to Antarctica from Australia and New Zealand are adventures to the most remote regions on the planet. Midway between Oceana and Antarctica are the New Zealand’s Sub Antarctic Islands, home to a huge variety of penguin species congregating in vast colonies and are visited on Macquarie, Snares and Stewart islands on a New Zealand and Sub Antarctic Islands Cruise or on Antipodes, Campbell and Macquarie islands on Exploration of the Antipodes aboard the 5-star, 106 passenger MV Orion.

Cruises (also aboard the MV Orion) from Australia and New Zealand to the Antarctic continent visit the Ross Sea region or Commonwealth Bay and include historical sites related to early Antarctic explorers Scott, Mawson and Shackleton. These cruises depart from various ports in Southern Australia and New Zealand, making them popular with travelers in this region. Travelers from North America often combine their cruise with an overland exploration of New Zealand or Australia.

The Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea: Expedition cruises visiting the Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea are the most popular and most affordable way to view a penguin in Antarctica. A wide variety of small ships carrying 49-149 guests offer a choice of programs from easy cruising to extremely active expeditions with hiking, kayaking, skiing or even camping. These cruises usually depart from Ushuaia, Argentina. Among the most popular is National Geographic White Content aboard the Explorer (Smith said, “Quite simply this is the finest Antarctica Cruise available.”) 

Quark Expeditions Antarctic Explorer operates aboard an updated fleet of upscale expedition ships. (There’s a 20 percent off offer on 11-12 day programs.) Weddell Sea Emperor Penguin Voyage is a specialty cruise for penguin purists who specifically want to see Emperor Penguins. Helicopters fly guests from the ship (the The 100 passenger M/V Ortelius) to the island where the colonies are located. A guide then leads the group overland to view the Emperor Penguin colonies.

Galapagos Islands: The Galapagos Penguin is endemic to the Galapagos Islands and is the only penguin to live north of the Equator in the wild. They have the smallest range and population of any penguin with less than 1,000 pairs mostly found on the Islands of Fernandina and Isabela. These penguins don’t migrate, breed year round and are most active in late August through early October when the water temperature is coolest (about 64F). For the many options available view Galapagos Cruises or Galapagos Yachts and Small Ships

South Georgia and Falkland Islands: The remote archipelagos on South Georgia and the Falkland islands are home to a variety of species in vast colonies numbering in the millions.  Entire hillsides and beaches may be covered with nesting penguins rearing their young. Suggested itineraries include the 24-day National Geographic Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Falkland Islands aboard the spectacular expedition ship National Geographic Explorer. Explorers & Kings is an affordable 20-day expedition with an experienced Antarctic team.

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia.

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe.  P: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.

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Summer Vacation Procrastinators Rejoice! AdventureSmith Explorations Announces Cabins Still Available On Popular Alaska Small Ship Cruises

 

TAHOE CITY, CA, May 16, 2012– Responding to the trend of last minute summer vacation bookings, small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/  just announced that there is still good availability on many of the company’s summer cruises in Alaska. In past years, by mid-May remaining space is usually at a premium. With a slow economy however, consumers benefit with an increase in availability, cruise options and even booking incentives.

“We are the recognized leader in Alaska small ship cruising,” says Todd Smith, founder and director of AdventureSmith Explorations. “We offer the most selection and more first-hand knowledge than anyone else in the business and when our partners have last minute summer space to fill, they turn to us.”

AdventureSmith Explorations’ partners in Alaska include Lindblad Expeditions, InnerSea Discoveries and American Safari Cruises, Alaskan Dream Cruises, Alaska Wildland Adventures and a host of smaller companies and ships off the radar of most travelers and travel agents.

Smith reports good space availability for summer 2012 still remains on the following Alaska cruises, with the caveat that consumers need to call for information and reservations very soon:

For true adventurers looking for a more active small ship Alaska Cruise:

-Explore Northern Passages and Glacier Bay aboard the newly refurbished 76-guest Wilderness Explorer. Eight days from $3,095 per person, double. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/429

-Enjoy SE Alaska and Glacier Bay National Park on Discoverer’s Glacier Country eight day cruise aboard the newly refurbished 86-passenger Safari Endeavour from $4,795 per person, double occupancy. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/457

For clients seeking easy adventure aboard a small ship AdventureSmith suggests: 

-Inside Passage Sojourn aboard the 42-guest Alaskan Dream combines easy wilderness cruising with visits to Alaska's popular ports and authentic Tlingit villages. Eight day cruises priced from $4,299 per adult, double. Children age 15 and younger get 30% off. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/71

-Glacier Bay & Island Adventure aboard the 78-guest Admiralty Dream offers six day cruises beginning at $1,749 and eight day cruises from $2,295 per person, double.  Third person and/or children 15 and younger receive 30% off double occupancy rate. A current promotion offers savings of up to 30% on select departures. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/97

-Join an Alaska Island Spirit cruise aboard the 32-guest Island Spirit for a combination of nature, wilderness and authentic port stops. Nine day cruises begin at $4,995 per person, double.  Kids under 16 cruise ‘two for the price of one’ on dedicated family departures. Current special: Save $1,000 per person on select departures. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/56

For intimate yet active yacht explorations AdventureSmith suggests: 

-The active Inside Passage cruise aboard the 12-guest Pacific Catalyst was named a National Geographic Magazine Top 50 Tour of a Lifetime. Seven day cruises start at $3,850 per person, double. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/128

-A six day Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise aboard 12-guest Sea Wolf is priced at $3,800 per person, double. Book now and save $300 pp on select departures. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/160

About AdventureSmith Explorations:   

AdventureSmith Explorationsis the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising in Alaska that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Panama, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, Australia and now the Mediterranean. 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com

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Small Ship Cruise Expert AdventureSmith Explorations Advises to Book Now for 2012 Holiday Season Availability

 

Tahoe City, CA, May 3, 2012AdventureSmith Explorations (www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com) the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, announces that 2012 holiday season space is still available on seven cruises stretching from Patagonia to the Sea of Cortez. Three come with value offers ranging from free air to $1,000 off per couple.

Journeys in the Sea of Cortez, 7 nights/8 days, with cruise dates Dec 15-22, 22-29 and Dec 29-Jan 5 includes complimentary round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to La Paz in Baja, Mexico and a $500 discount for 18 and under off of per person rates from $4,250.  Activities include kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, Zodiac cruises and whale watching. With December temperatures typically in the 70s, the region teems with platoons of pelicans, dolphins surfacing and the antics of rays and boobies. 

Antarctic Explorer aboard Ocean Diamond, 11 night/12 day tour Dec 17-27, comes with a 25 percent per person discount on rates from $6,795.  The modern and stable Antarctic Explorer (Ocean Diamond) carries 189 passengers through Drake’s Passage, the South Shetland Islands and to the Antarctic Peninsula. A goal is to leave the ship at least twice daily to experience indigenous life in this frozen landscape. 

Panama to Costa Rica, 8 nights/9 days on Dec 22-30 and Dec 28-Jan 5, comes with a savings of $500 per person (double), or $1,000 with two people in one cabin. Rates are from $3,950. The Panama Canal and several of Costa Rica’s national parks are off-ship playgrounds for guests on the unspoiled Pacific coastline of these countries. 

Galapagos Santa Cruz, 4 nights/5 days, scheduled for Dec 21-26 and Dec 26-31, starts at $2,230 for a cruise-only package through Darwin’s world.  Ages 12 and under sharing a room with an adult receive a 25 percent discount. Cruises of 5 nights/6 days are from $2,980 per person double.  When combined consecutively these cruises equal a 15 day/14 night Galapagos cruise with no repeated landing sites. The shorter itineraries can also be combined in various ways to create 10 or 15 day cruises. Off-ship activities may include snorkeling, diving and visits to Galapagos National Park. 

Peru Amazon Cruise, 4 nights/5 days, cruising Dec 24-28, offers per person double rates from $2,700 to explore this country’s share of the Amazon River and some of its tributaries winding into remote villages and through tropical rain forests; guests enjoy access on foot with seasoned guides. 

Patagonia Expedition Cruise, 4 nights/5 days, this Dec. 22-26, covers end-of-the earth territory that’s just becoming popular with cruise aficionados. Among the experiences is sailing through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world, those of Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. The per person double rate is from $1,990. 

Australia's Great Barrier Reef, 4 nights/5 days, on Dec 25-29, brings guests to one of the world’s premier snorkeling and diving regions. Cairns, Cooktown and Lizard Island are among stops with the region’s charms as many or more under the surface of the sea as on land. The per person double rate is from $1,546. 

“The small ships focus on experiences away from the vessel, as in observing glaciers, whales, birds and land mammals; while the large ships tend to focus on dining venues, port of call shopping and ship-board entertainment,” Smith said. 

Adventure Smith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com

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Beginning Summer 2012 AdventureSmith Explorations Launches Mediterranean Small Ship Cruising Accessing Intimate Anchorages

Through April Two-for-One Cruise Promotion Applies To Select Itineraries  

TAHOE CITY, CA, Apr. 19, 2012– The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations, in summer 2012 will inaugurate its own style of cruising in the Mediterranean / Aegean in ships for 30 to 60 guests with rates ranging from affordable to luxurious. 

From now through April 30, 2012, inaugural rates allow two guests to travel for the price of one on the following cruises:  

Other cruises aboard the classic square rigger Sea Cloud include Turkey and Greece: A Sailing Odyssey: 10 days from $7990; Sailing the Greek Isles: 9 days from $6990; and Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast: 12 days from $9990. 

“Expanding our unique style of cruising into this region represents the culmination of many years of effort,” said Todd Smith, Director of AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/. Smith noted high demand from previous clients for cruises in this corner of the world. Small ports accessible exclusively to small ships will be avenues to history and culture; the company’s other destinations, such as Alaska, highlight wildlife and wilderness. 

A complete listing of all new Mediterranean cruise itineraries can be found at: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/adventures.php/d/mediterranean. 

About AdventureSmith Explorations:

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Panama, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, Australia and now the Mediterranean. 

The company's mission is to give back to the individuals, communities and environments touched by AdventureSmith Explorations trips by connecting travelers with a network of grassroots and global nonprofit partners worldwide including the Alaska Natural History Association, Neotropica Foundation and Galapagos Conservancy. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.” 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com. 

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Small Ship and Yacht Cruise Charters Can Save up to 50 Percent Off Regular Per Person Cruise Rates

TAHOE CITY, CA, Mar. 8, 2012 – The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/), also specializes in small ship and private yacht charters to such destinations as Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Panama, Galapagos, Mediterranean and Antarctica. 

Todd Smith, founder, explained that on a private cruise charter groups select their own travel dates, traveling companions and itineraries, plus a full yacht charter (for 12 to 20 or 20 to 48 guests) can mean savings of up to 50 percent off of regular per person cruise rates. Larger small ships accommodate groups of between 48 and 148 passengers making them ideal for big family reunions and special celebrations. 

Helpful information on chartering a small ship or yacht can be found online at: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/chartercruises.php  

Typically charters are planned and contracted at least one year in advance of the cruise departure date, but as long as space is available a small ship can still be chartered most anytime. Off season charters garner the greatest savings while high season dates should be secured a year or more in advance.  

Charters can be adapted to, among others, affinity groups, clients with special needs and secured as company incentives. Alumni groups, zoos and museums hire charters for their travel programs. Travel agents or group leaders can earn free berths by organizing charter cruises for clients and friends.  

Cruise itineraries, on board programs, activity levels and even food service can be customized to a group’s interests, ability and budget.  

Smith explained that AdventureSmith Explorations charter cruises are crewed charters, outfitted with an experienced and professional crew including naturalist guides for shore excursions.  

“We do not offer bareboat charters. We believe that the captain, guides, chef and crew are an integral part of expedition cruising and that their experience and expertise are essential to a safe and successful voyage,” said Smith. 

Alaska charter cruises are best from May through September.  Costa Rica and Panama charter cruises operate year round with the high season running from December to March.  Galapagos charters are available year round with access to a vast selection of motor yachts, sailing vessels and small ships.  Mediterranean charter cruises are best booked between April and October.  Antarctica explorations, Australia and South Pacific charters are also possible however these destinations favor larger expedition ships and therefore require larger groups.  

About Adventure Smith Explorations 

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.  

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Columbia, Chile, Hawaii, Peru, Panama, Pacific Northwest, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

The company is recognized by National Geographic Traveler Magazine and Lonely Planet as top Small Ship Cruise Experts.  

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Small Ship Cruise Expert AdventureSmith Explorations Selects Top Five Regions for Whale Spotting

TAHOE CITY, CA, Feb. 21, 2012 – The active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations, shares five ideas on where best to cruise for whale spotting. http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/ 

“These are my personal favorites where you can get up close and friendly with earth’s largest mammals,” explains Todd Smith, company founder and director. “But we wouldn’t be responsible travelers if we didn’t recognize that the goal of all whale watching should be to observe the animals without changing their behavior.  If outside presence in any way influences a whale’s activity, you are too close.” 

Smith called an up close encounter with whales aboard a small ship, zodiac or kayak “one of the most incredible wildlife experiences of a lifetime.”   His top five picks for whale watching are

Summertime (mid June to late August) southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage:  Migratory Humpback whales from Hawaii and Baja return to the nutrient rich waters of Coastal Alaska to spend the summer feeding.  The combination of long days of sunlight, cold oxygen and nutrient rich water creates a bloom of plankton that is the foundation of a rich food chain whales rely on to exist.  Whales gather in feeding pods of 6 or more animals and their behavior and location becomes more predictable around food sources. One of the most amazing whale behaviors is bubble net feeding where whales work cooperatively to corral small fish in a net of bubbles. The whales then swim through the net with their mouths wide open, crashing to the surface in a cacophony of fish, whales and water. Sometimes Orca or killer whales are spotted along with Minke whales. http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/60

Summer (June to August) Arctic: Back from migration come Gray, Blue, Fin, and Minke whales. But some of the most unusual whales in the world, the Bowhead, Beluga and Narwhal, make their home in the Arctic and subarctic year-round. Because of the Arctic’s extremely wild nature, it is not uncommon to find whale bones washed ashore or even polar bears feeding on a whale carcass. http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/322

Winter (December to February) Antarctica: Rich waters here attract whales from throughout the southern hemisphere. The most commonly seen species are Right, Blue, Sei, Humpback, Minke, Fin, Sperm and Killer whales. In Antarctica plentiful krill (a small shrimp-like creature) provide a food source for migratory whales. http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/315

Winter (December to April) Hawaii: Many onboard naturalists migrate with whales from Alaska to Hawaii, working aboard small ships in each region. Humpback whales visit Alaska to feed; the remainder of the year they don’t feed at all, or very little. Humpbacks visit the warm waters of Hawaii to mate and give birth to their calves. One of the most exciting scenes in Hawaii whale watching is a pod of males swimming, fin slapping, spy hopping and breaching in competition for a female. It is also in Hawaii when these whales sing and their songs can be heard under the water for miles. Listen carefully for whale songs while snorkeling. http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/200

Winter (January to April) San Ignacio Lagoon and Magdalena Bay on the Pacific side of California’s Baja Peninsula: Here are winter calving grounds of the California Gray Whale. Close encounters are expected as these 40-ton whales (friendlies) seem to have affection for people. It is not uncommon for proud mothers and curious calves to approach zodiacs full of travelers. Also, across the peninsula, the rich waters of the Sea of Cortez are home to Blue, Fin, Pilot, Humpback and Sperm whales. http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/94

About Adventure Smith Explorations
AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia.

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AdventureSmith Explorations Brings Award-Winning M/V Sea Voyager Into Fold with Five Central / South American Itineraries

Year Round Small Ship Cruises Begin March 2012; Special Offer if Booked by January 31 

Tahoe City, CA, Jan. 12, 2012– The travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships announces that is offering effective March 2012 five new  itineraries in Central and South America thanks to the re-launch of newly renovated M/V Sea Voyager.  

AdventureSmith Explorations, http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, brings this 60-passenger expedition ship into its fold at a time when demand for travel to Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador is on the rise, said Todd Smith, founder / director. He noted that the ship that provides both an experienced crew and affordable rates was a winner in Condé Nast’s 2009 Best Small Ships Awards.  

Smith has worked with many of the newly assembled A-team representing the ship’s parent company, Sea Voyager Expeditions (SVE), and its partner Global Voyages Group. Among them are Michael Lomax, Brand Director Global Voyages Group, whom he met through Glacier Bay Tours & Cruises in the 1990’s; David Giersdorf, President & CEO Global Voyages Group, whose father gave Smith his first job as a naturalist guide; Dave Randon, Senior Sales Manager Global Voyages Group, who has joined Smith on Antarctic and North Pole expeditions; and Captain Jorge Murillo whom Smith met back when the ship was operated by Lindblad Expeditions.  

”While I have not personally met Denise Landau, President & CEO Sea Voyager Expeditions, I am familiar with her because of her work at IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators),” Smith noted, adding that Landau is also noted as an eco-tourism advocate and expert.  

Fares, priced seasonally, begin at $365 per day, per person, double cabin for 8 to 12-night cruises.  Included are all meals, pre-post hotels, shore tours, admission to museums and parks, tax and port fees. 

Plus, travelers can save up to $2,000 per couple if they book their cabin on any of the M/V Sea Voyager departures by Jan. 31, 2012. Discount amount is dependent on time of year, cabin type and itinerary. 

While cruising guests will venture with naturalists and guides into rainforests and sea in pursuit of land and marine life that is among the world’s most diverse. While on board passengers enjoy air-conditioned comfort in 31 outside staterooms with ample storage and private bath. On board are a lounge, bar, fitness and massage rooms, library with WiFi, dining room, buffet, fore and aft deck space and a platform for getting on/off Zodiacs. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/accommprofile.php/d/costarica/accid/144  

While other small ship cruises may be limited to Panama and the Pacific side of Costa Rica, traveling only November through March, M/V Sea Voyager will operate year round with itineraries inclusive of the Pacific and Caribbean side of Costa Rica, both sides of Panama and Panama Canal visits and coastal Columbia and Ecuador.  

The five new itineraries are:  

Panama to Costa Rica Pacific Cruise -9 Days; Balboa/Panama City to San Jose/Costa Rica

 Panama to Costa Rica Caribbean Cruise – 10 Days; Panama City/Panama to San Jose/Costa Rica

 Panama to Colombia Caribbean Cruise – 9 Days; Panama City/Panama to Cartagena/Colombia

 Columbia Caribbean Cruise – 9 Days; Cartagena/Colombia to Santa Marta/Colombia

 Panama to Ecuador Pacific Cruise – 13 Days; Balboa/Panama City to Quito/Ecuador 

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.  

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Columbia, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Panama, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, Asia, and Australia.  

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com 

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Leader in Small-Ship Expedition Cruising Exhibits Jan. 14-15 at Los Angeles Travel Show and Feb. 18-19 at Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show

AdventureSmith Explorations Invites Travelers, Media, Agents To Visit Booth and Learn about Adventure Cruising and Special Offers  

TAHOE CITY, CA, Jan. 5, 2012 – AdventureSmith Explorations, the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of expedition ships,is taking their show on the road with two upcoming California consumer travel show appearances. Potential cruisers will be able to speak directly with small ship experts representing such destinations as Alaska, Galapagos, Patagonia, the Polar regions (Arctic & Antarctica), the South Pacific and Australia.  

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show - Jan. 14-15 

AdventureSmith Explorations Booth Number: 1148

First up is Southern California’s largest travel show at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Please see www.adventureexpo.com/losangeles 

Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show - Feb. 18-19

AdventureSmith Explorations Booth Number: 1009

The company then moves north to the San Francisco Bay Area to exhibit at Northern California’s leading vacation show held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great American Pkwy., Santa Clara, CA. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.   See: http://www.adventureexpo.com/Default.aspx?id=d35b9d5d-461c-4323-9b7a-0efdc904fe51   

Complimentary Tickets  

Prior to each event, visitors are encouraged to sign up to attend by accessing AdventureSmith Explorations’ Facebook Page to receive complimentary tickets to either show. Then at the show registrants will receive an AdventureSmith Explorations organic cotton baseball hat as a show of appreciation. For the LA Travel & Adventure Show go to: http://www.facebook.com/events/306773146018879/. For the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show go to: http://www.facebook.com/events/295121763872844/. 

Show Promotions and Specials

Here are some show specials and giveaways available at the AdventureSmith Explorations’ booth: 

< Sign up for AdventureSmith’s e-newsletter at the show and be entered to win a $500 future trip credit (one credit will be awarded each day of the show).

< Save 20% plus free binoculars aboard the March 20-29, 2012 Antarctic Voyage aboard the MV Plancius  See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/315

< Save 10% aboard the June 26-July 3, 2012 Arctic Voyage aboard the MV Ortelius http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/292

< Save 5% on select 2012 Galapagos Cruises aboard the sister yachts Eric, Letty, Flamingo http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/425

< Second person is half price on Great Barrier Reef cruises from Apr. 1, 2012 through Mar 21, 2013. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/324

< Save 15% on Australia Kimberly Cruises during select “Waterfall Season” departures in April 2012. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/337  

About AdventureSmith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.  

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia.  

The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.” 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit:  www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com 

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Small Ship Cruises and Land Excursions Reveal Opportunities For Sightings of Bear in the Wild

Tahoe City, CA, Dec. 14, 2011 – Here are some bear facts about bear sightings with AdventureSmith Explorations, http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, the travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships and wilderness lodges.  

“Bears are cute but those spotted during a small ship expedition cruise are in the backcountry where it’s as wild as it gets,” said Todd Smith, founder and director. “Our method of accessing remote islands and coastlines where larger ships can’t sail plus the guidance of trained naturalists offer opportunities for bear-centric guests to encounter wildlife at a close but secure distance, without impacting the animals’ natural habitat.” 

Following are opportunities in Alaska and elsewhere to see bears in uncompromised wilderness through small ship and float plane access to the landscape. The ships and lodges referenced are represented by AdventureSmith Explorations  

The expedition ship Pacific Catalyst II has been awarded permits to guide travelers to the Pack Creek Zoological Area on Admiralty Island to view the highest concentration of Brown Bears in the world (about one per square mile). For 60 years Brown Bears and humans have lived in close proximity, and the bears have had generations to become accustomed to the presence of people. Considered the “best Brown Bear viewing opportunity in SE Alaska” this activity is now included in the seven night cruise itinerary. For details see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/128 

Another highly popular trip and Alaska cruise extension is viewing the Brown Bears of Katmai based from the Brooks Lodge. Here they gather upstream from a series of lakes in Katmai National Park and where Brooks Falls impedes the progress of spawning salmon, making an easy meal and thus a high concentration of bears. A land-based lodge program operates in this region from May through September, but the best month is July when the Sockeye Salmon run is at its peak. Smith advised that bookings should be made earlier as it can be hard to obtain dates. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/76.  

A trip called Within the Wild is float-plane-accessed tour based from Winterlake Lodge with a day of Brown Bear viewing in Redoubt Bay, a unique setting where bears are viewed from small boats that navigate river mouths were salmon congregate and acclimatize to fresh water before swimming upstream to spawn. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/20 

Annan Creek is the Black Bear viewing spot in Southeast Alaska. Located 30 miles outside of Wrangell, it is within reach of some small ships and yachts; however because special permits are required and group sizes are small, this option is best for charter yachts only.  For travelers beginning a cruise in Juneau or Ketchikan it is possible to have AdventureSmith Explorations arrange an overnight in Wrangell with a bear viewing trip to Annan Creek.  

There are ample bear viewing opportunities outside of Alaska as well. Popular small ship cruises to see Polar Bears include: Realm of the Polar Bear visiting the remote island of Spitsbergen: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/322 and Land of the Ice Bear visiting Arctic Svalbard, a remote archipelago situated just over 350 miles north of Norway's North Cape. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/69.  

Russian Brown Bears can be viewed on Natural Treasures of the Russian Far East.  See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/297 

Possible but “very, very rarely” a Spectacled Bear may be viewed on the Peru Mountain Lodge Trek according to Smith. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/181  

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia.  

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.  

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