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#8 A World War in Snow

As we made our way to Petermann Island, the rain turned to snow and it felt more like we were in Antarctica.  The landing site was completely covered in penguins and we all wandered around it taking in beautiful views and hilarious little birds
Joined my brother on Petermann Island and saw LOTS of Gentoo penguins.
Joined my brother on Petermann Island and saw LOTS of Gentoo penguins. (Erin Correia)
We saw an Adelie penguin! This was one of the 4 we saw on our trip around Petermann Island
We saw an Adelie penguin! This was one of the 4 we saw on our trip around Petermann Island (Erin Correia)

The snow was blowing strong enough that penguins had started to huddle against rocks for shelter, and the snow was piling up around them
Another shot of Petermann Island with penguins hunkering behind a rock for wind protection.
Another shot of Petermann Island with penguins hunkering behind a rock for wind protection. (Erin Correia)
Petermann Island: This penguin was getting covered by the snow
Petermann Island: This penguin was getting covered by the snow (Erin Correia)
Petermann Island: So beautiful
Petermann Island: So beautiful (Erin Correia)

We hit all the check-point sites and took all the obligatory photos:
Hanging out on the rocks at Petermann Island
Hanging out on the rocks at Petermann Island (Erin Correia)
Living the dream of experiencing Antarctica!
Living the dream of experiencing Antarctica! (Erin Correia)

Then, when we found ourselves with spare time, it got interesting!

As we came down the hill from one of the overlooks, we were ambushed.  Two of the guys from the group had spent the past half hour creating and stockpiling snowballs, and they used them all in a rapid-fire attack on Ben and I!  Oh, it was on!

We quickly ran to the other side of the path and started creating our own ammo.  I found I was useless at throwing in my coat and gloves, so I took on the supply role.  I built them, Ben threw them. 

As other people came down the path, they got caught in the crossfire.  Rather than become upset, they quickly joined a side and started throwing!  People came and went, but the fight ended up lasting about an hour, and throughout we had folks from about 8 countries and 6 decades participating in an epic battle in the snow.
Proof that we had an hour-long snowball fight on Petermann Island before heading back to the ship.
Proof that we had an hour-long snowball fight on Petermann Island before heading back to the ship. (Erin Correia)

Don't worry - while we didn't pause for people, we always stopped for penguins passing through!

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