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CHANGE OF PLANS

Antarctica ho!

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Breaking news: We are not going to the Falkland Islands aka The Malvinas. The ship’s Captain and the Captain of the Expedition Team called a meeting and showed us the Ocean Weather Service map. The seas will likely be too rough to get to the Falklands, they said, and certainly too rough to anchor there. Furthermore, even if we could anchor, the wind is too strong for us to get to port by tender. So we are going straight to the Antarctic Peninsula while the going is good, The Drake Passage will not be Drake’s Lake, but it will be manageable, and this will give us another day to explore the ice. The forecast for returning to Ushuaia (at the bottom of South America on Tierra del Fuego) is still uncertain.

So we look at the mound of expedition equipment piled on our beds: parkas with parkas inside them, long underwear, gloves, hats, turtlenecks, boots, thermal socks, wet pants, neck gaiters and peppermint oil to put on our upper lips to quell the smell of penguin poop. And we speed ahead. We have passed whales and seals and petrels and the ship’s stabilizers are working well.

We have new respect for Eskimos and workers at the Polar Stations. And penguins.

Posted by HopeEakins 13:01 Archived in Antarctica

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