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Happy in Antarctica
Leaving Orange County
This is my second trip within the last 12 months to Antarctica. Last December when I first traveled to Antarctica, I never dreamed there would be a second. The trip starts the same, same flight, same departure in Ushuaia, same Drake Passage, but I am more excited than the first time. This time I am going two months earlier when everything will be …
Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina
My flights were uneventful. I listened to my IPOD and watched the Antarctica section of the Earth series on my IPOD and tried to sleep. Generally, I sleep well during long flights. It's different this time. I cannot think of anything except getting on Kapitan Khlebnikov to begin the voyage to Snow Hill. I can't believe I'm going on this …
Free day Ushuaia, Argentina
We shopped for last minute items and sent out last emails to friends.
During the afternoon we took a four hour boat ride around the Beagle Channel to view sea lions and the famous lighthouse. It was a beautiful sunny day in Ushuaia.
Free day in Ushuaia, Argentina
Raldi and I spent the day waiting and waiting to get on the ship. All we think of is getting on the KK and getting on our way.
The thought of crossing the Drake passage was as exciting as it was the first time.
Finally, we walk down the dock like last year..only this time we are getting on the Kapitan Khlebnikov, a polar class icebreaker. …
Crossing The Drake Passage
57 28 S / 63 03 W
The passage was smooth. There were lectures about the Emperor Penguins we would soon see and other Antarctica birds.
The meals were great and there was a movie after dinner. My day was mostly spent chatting and making new friends.
Arrival at Snow Hill
64 22 S/57 20 W
Crossing the Drake and the Antarctica Sound was snooth. We saw our first icebergs during late afternoon. I waited so long to see those tabular icebergs!
We stayed overnight at drift position in the sea. We were given our lecture about boarding the helicopters and spending time with the penguins. I certainly didn't sleep that …
The first day at the Rookery
Realizing that I am really here at Snow Hill and about to take off in Russian helicopters over Antartica, is just too surreal... I couldn't sleep last night.
The ride was exhilerating. Everyone ( the eight of us) in the helicopter were speechless. We were all so happy and in awe, that we just couldn't speak. We just looked out the windows in …
64 31 S 57 27 W
Another day at the Rookery. It was a beautiful sunny day. The expedition leaders said that we were so privileged to have such wonderful weather.The skies were blue and the snow and ice so white.
I didn't know there were so many shades of blue and white. And why does the snow look so good in Antarctica?
SNOW HILL 64 31 S /57 27 W
Today about 25 of us trekked 8 miles from the Breaker to the rookery. It was an awesome walk among the icebergs and ice caves. We saw 100s of penguins walking to and from the Sea. The ones going toward the sea for fish were skinny. To the contray the penguins returning from the sea had extended bellies and seemed to waddled instead of …
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