If you were following the ecology movement in the ’70’s closely, you would know the name Gaylord Nelson. His experiences canoeing on the Namekagon and St Croix Rivers here led him to a career as Wisconsin governor and US Senator seeking protection for the environment. The first Earth Day was his brainchild. We learned about this during an impromptu stop at the St Croix National Scenic Waterway Visitor’s Center in St Croix Falls, WI. Of note, the falls for which the town is named have been underwater since the dame was built early last century. Also the current water level is eight feet below usual for purposes of dam maintenance.





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Arctic Circle Ceremony

Arctic Circle Ceremony

After a few days of exploration in the realm of the Arctic Circle, we aboard the Jewel of the Seas celebrated with a Blue Nose Ceremony and will receive Arctic Crossing Certificates!

Magerøya Island

Magerøya Island

We made it to the Top of the World, or at least the northernmost land mass in Europe, Magerøya Island. On our coach tour we learned much about the natural history and the cultures of this starkly beautiful place.