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Sailing along Russia's eastern peninsula, an American discovers a lost world where shamans still rule village life and people live off the land.

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A land of ghost towns and shamans, high volcanos and untouched landscapes, Kamchatka had intrigued world-cruisers Rob Johnson for decades before he sailed there.Onne van der Wal

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On picnics ashore, we kept an eye out for grizzlies.Onne van der Wal

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The author, left, and crew Erik Soper explore a Vestovaya shipwreck.Onne van der Wal

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The author, at the prow, heading up the Zhupanova River to a nature preserve known for its steller's sea eagles and aggressive bears.Onne van der Wal