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Laurie Allread Antarctica Travel Blog
Laurie Allread Antarctica Travel Blog: Anticipation in Christchurch, NZ
Tuesday - November 8, 2011:
Anticipation is increasing. Tonight, I will meet the other travelers at a welcome dinner, then, in less than 36 hours, we will be on the Kapitan Khlebnikov departing Lyttelton. From my past Antarctica trips, I recall an exhilarating yet scary feeling watching the land become smaller and smaller and finally disappearing …
Antarctica Travel Blog Nov 11: Preventing Pathogens, Welcome Cocktails and Meeting the Captain
Friday - Nov. 11, 2011
This afternoon we conducted bio security which entailed of vacuuming out our personal backpacks and outer gear to prevent pathogens from being introduced into the delicate environment of the Subantarctic Islands. Also, attendance of the zodiac briefing was required to ensure everyone's personal safety.
Pete McClelland from …
Antarctica Travel Blog Nov 14: Courtship of Southern Royal Albatrosses on Campbell Island
Monday - Nov. 14, 2011
This morning we arrived at Perseverance Harbor, Campbell Island about 8am. Wind was 30 knots and temperature about 40 F degrees. The 100 passengers were divided into several groups by ability: ie. fast to slow walkers. The goal was to complete the 2.5 mile walk with 811 feet elevation gain to the top of the island to view …
Antarctica Travel Blog Nov 15: Calm seas in the Southern Ocean
NOVEMBER 15TH TUESDAY -- SOUTHERN OCEAN 7AM
Last night we were warned to expect the worst and to secure our items in our cabins. Surprisingly, most of us, I believe, slept well through the night to awake to very calm seas. The Southern Ocean has been flat like a lake nearly all day. We are ahead of schedule and should be in the pack ice by …
Antarctica Travel Blog Nov 16th: Iceberg Challenge!
November 16th -- 6:15 am
The view from the bridge was of calm sea with light visibility of about 300 meter. At times there is light snow. The wind makes the air almost too cold to leave the porthole open in my cabin. Sailing through the shrieking 60s now we begin our look out for icebergs. The expedition leader, Mike Messiok, gave us a challenge …
Antarctica Travel Blog Nov 17: Crossing the Antarctic Circle and Readying the Helicopters
November 17th, 2011 -- 9:00 am
Yesterday we entered the pack ice about 8pm. The light was incredible as we photographed the snow petrels and Antarctic Terns fly among the pancake ice. The view from the fly bridge was surreal. Several times I had to stop taking photographs just to admire ice and the sunset. No image, no matter the number of pixels …
Antarctica Travel Blog Nov 18: Alone in the Ross Sea
NOVEMBER 18TH, 2011 -- 7PM
Tomorrow will be another day of crushing ice as Coulman Island is still 170 miles away. Due to the large ice floes and sea currents, we have traveled only half as far as yesterday. Now we are heading in a southeasterly direction because that is where the lightest ice is taking us. Ice charts are not always accurate so …
Antarctica Travel Blog Nov 19: 115 Miles from the Antarctic Peninsula
November 19th, 2011
We spent the day heading toward Cape Washington or Coulman Island to visit emperor Penguins. The currents and wind changes throughout the day causing the ice to change directions. The sky is overcast and colder than the previous day. We spent the day watching the penguins scurry from the ship as it powered through the …
Antarctica Travel Blog Nov. 20: The best way through ice is around ice . . .
NOVEMBER 20, 2011
Again we were reminded of the old Russian saying "the best way though ice is around ice." The day was spent weaving in and out of ice through the patches of sea ice. Cape Washington was no longer in reach due to the ice conditions but we did make it to a wonderful emperor penguin rookery on Franklin Island. The lighting was …
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