Feb. 16th – Senior Night – Between the Sophomore and Varsity Basketball game.
Jan. 17th – Our ship anchored off of New Island in the Falkland Island. We used the tender boats to shore and a small dock landing near the owners home. It was about a mile walk to a cliff on the other side of the island to view different birds, (penguins included) nesting together. There was another much longer walk that included up and down over two large hills with the possibility os viewing seals. I don’t know if there were seals, but I know there are no seal photos included. This was an activity for individuals younger that me. This was our last stop before heading home. We arrived home on the 20th, three days later. This was an amazing trip and we were so lucky with the weather.
Jan. 16th The Island is named after a ship not because it is full of carcasses. One person owns a good part of the Island and the rest is owned by the government (National Park). To visit Carcass Island we used the tenders to land and walked across a narrow part of the island to a beach area that had penguins. Then there was a 5 mile walk to the owners home and our pick up point. A little longer walk than we expected. The information we had indicated it was a 5 mile round trip walk, 2.5 mile one way. A number of fitness trackers showed 5 miles one way but the wonderful views made it all worth while.
Jan. 15th The only activity on our trip to Antarctica that required an additional fee was our tour to Bluff Cove from Stanley in the Falkland Islands. We disembarked the ship in Stanley and traveled for about 30 min. in a small 16 passenger bus at first on paved roads then on unpaved (crushed rock) roads. Then we were transferred to 4 off road vehicles for another 20 ride to Bluff Cove. At Bluff Cove we were able to see King Penguins. The only larger penguins are the Emperor Penguins which you see in Antarctica during the winter, just about impossible to do. The trip was well worth it and the off road adventure just added to the fun.
We spent Sept. 13th and 14th at sea traveling the Drakes Passage from Antarctica to the Falkland Islands. During that time we were given a tour of the ships bridge and there were also several talks given. Again there were the ever present birds that fly about the ship when you are in the Drakes Passage.
Jan. 12th we went for a ride in Wilhelmina Bay using the tender boats. From what I understand it is a good location to see whales. We didn’t see any whales but the scenery was great. We did not land at this location and this was our last stop in Antarctica before heading to the Falklands.
Jan. 11th. In the late afternoon and into the evening we first anchored at Port Lockroy and the researchers came out to the ship and gave a talk then we traveled the Neumayer Channel. It was the one time in Antarctica when we had blue sky and could really enjoy the beauty of the land.
Jan. 11th AM We visited Damoy Point in the morning, the northern entrance point to the harbour of Port Lockroy, were we anchored in the afternoon before traveling the Neumayer Channel. After our landing to view the penguins we dipped into the freezing water for as short a time as possible. There were people that actually swam a few strokes, but not us.