Captain James Cook, the British explorer and cartographer (1728-1779), really got around. As we have traveled over the years and around the globe, we discovered many places that had been explored and mapped by Captain Cook 250 years earlier.
He sailed to Newfoundland in the 1760’s and we followed in 2007.
When we arrived in New Zealand, Cook’s name popped up again and again as he had explored and mapped the coasts of the North, the South, and Stewart Islands on three separate voyages between 1769-1777. We traveled to all three islands ourselves in 2014.
On our visit to Doubtful Sound, we were told that when Cook’s ship explored New Zealand, the sound of birds was deafening. Our ship’s captain asked us to be quiet and see what we could hear. Everyone went silent. We waited. The sound of the birds barely registered in our ears 250 years later.
In 1770 Cook landed in Botany Bay, Australia. Hey, we were not far from there in 2014.
On Cook’s third voyage he explored the west coast of what is now northern California and landed in Oregon in a place he named Cape Foulweather.
Captain Cook and we “shared” exploration of Alaska, Vancouver Island, and the Hawaiian Islands.
Captain Cook died in Hawaii, killed by islanders, in 1779. Unlike Cook, we were warmly greeted and greatly enjoyed our visit there.