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Drake Passage

Preparing for our canoe trip down the Beagle Channel
Preparing for our canoe trip down the Beagle Channel
Feb 18 and 19th were spent on the Drake Passage. We certainly did not get the Drake Lake -- but more the rath of the Drake. I had never seen waves so big. Over three quarters of the boat was sick. I did not get to meet many people until the passage was finished. I don’t know how I did not get sick. I took Dramamine the night before we left, and continued until we got to the calm waters of the Peninsula. I was very impressed with the wait staff. They came carrying full trays of food while 30 foot waves were tossing the boat.

During these two days, we packed in many lectures about the natural history of the area, wildlife, global warming, the politics of Antarctica -- everything was fascinating. There was also a tv in each cabin that played various movies through out the day. We were not bored. I enjoyed going up to the bridge to watch the boat challenge the large waves. But most importantly, I ate well…

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