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The classic trip across the Drake Shake and spending 5 days on the antarctic peninsula.
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Go to our blog at www.hoyers.blogspot.com. It's all there.... You can see the entries on or after December 2, 2008. Otherwise, click the side bar and see the pictures that we've posted. They are generally the better ones, pretty well taken with a point and shoot digital. I would love to own a bigger camera but find I don't carry it, too …
Soon after seeing the Southern cross in Beagle Channel, we enter the "Drake Shake"; since then things have rolled about, people are seen doing the watusi, and some we just don't see at all. Food is served on slip proof linen! By nightfall we have found our sea leggs.
By nightfall, we have our sea legs, the crowd of 80, is mostly back …
Nightfall finds us sailing around the south Georgia Islands. There is great anticipation of going on land tomorrow, seeing penguins and going for a swim. for others it's their last continent. Today was tossing and turning in sleep, in travel, in dining. Travelers talks centered on circumpolar water currents and various species of penguins we'll …
Two zodiac excursions
Two zodiac excursions today. We were on the water by 7 am to Half Moon Bay where there were many, many chinstrap penguins in rookeries. Low lying mist and rain add to an aura of eeriness.
Whalers Bay on Deception Island. there were volcanoes here in 1969; the soil is still warm. There are lots of signs of whaling activity, buildings, boilers, …
Danco Island & Neko Harbour
Apparently there was a rough crossing of Gerlache Straight last night; I slept through it all. We woke up to heavy snow falling at Danco Island. We made a zodiac landing. The views continue to amaze me beyond words.
Neko Harbour; we have finally touched mainland Antarctica, a two hour climb overlooking a pretty bay. We watched several glaciers …
Sixty five degrees south. Petermann Island. Three researchers disappeared here a number of years ago and there's a cross to commemorate that. We saw adelie penguins for the first time, sitting on their eggs. Lots of people had never heard of snow angels, so I made it my business to push them into the snow and take photos.
The Lemaire Channel was …
We overnighted at Port Lockroy, a British station (with a post office). I met someone who was able to tell me about people I'd first met in the arctic in 1966 and where they were now. (It was at the Devon Island Research Station - AINA - as a young volunteer, that I'd met Alan Gill and Fritz Koerner, glaciologists) It was a most picturesque spot, …
King George Island
After reaching King George Island, on November 26th to pick up a Chinese film crew, our own landing was aborted by rough weather. We then headed north to Ushuaia and home. The seas were quite rough those days, and it was a pretty passive passage for all.
We had the real Drake Shake experience overnight and this morning with 3-4 meter swells. We were rejoined by albatrosses and petrels. Fog saw us thru the convergence area and as the skies cleared we knew we had left the southern Ocean.
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