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Antarctica

At 65 degrees south latitude, we reached our furthest point south and landed on the actual continent of Antarctica. Now we were actually on the continental land mass.

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Out on the zodiac
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Francis Andrews
On our last day, we explored the area outside of Ushuaia. One trip took us to a ski area where a ski-lift ride and short hike led to glaciers. There were trees and other green things all along the …
The magnificent blues of Antarctica
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Francis Andrews
This day we arrived at our Antarctic voyage jumping off point. We didn’t think there was much to see in Tierra del Fuego even though I’ve always loved the sound of that name. I once had …
Playing with the penguins
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Francis Andrews
Re-read Day 2, February 18th.
Penguin colony
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Francis Andrews
Back on the boat, it was time for another leg home that took us through humpback whale territory. The boat slowed to give us a better chance of spotting some whales. I’m not sure who spotted …
Penguinds in the South Shetland Islands
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Francis Andrews
The next day, we had one more landing on Deception Island, which is actually the rim of an old, but recently active - 1997- volcano. The caldera of the enormous volcanic cone was flooded years ago …
The South Shetland Islands
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Francis Andrews
I forgot to mention that before we landed on the continent, we had a rather long afternoon cruise to get to our landing point. The afternoon turned out to be the most glorious day of our entire …
The South Shetland Islands
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Francis Andrews
At 65 degrees south latitude, we reached out furthest point south and landed on the actual continent of Antarctica. Our other landings had been on islands that are part of the continental …
The South Shetland Islands
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Francis Andrews
Our first stop in the area of Antarctica was actually the South Shetland Islands, which are considered to be sub-Antarctica. On a map, the South Shetlands look to be very close to the continent but I …
Ready to zodiac
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Francis Andrews
At nine sharp, we were all decked out with our gear as we joined our group, which had been designated for the first landing. The staging area was filled with people in red parkas, orange life vests …
Snowfall in Antarctica
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Francis Andrews
The next day, the waves got bigger. We were told that the swells were reaching 18 feet. The waves were big but I really couldn’t guess how big. The swells continued relentlessly all day. As …
Steering
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Francis Andrews
Sunday, the day we were leaving for Antarctica, we took an early morning stroll to the waterfront and spotted our industrial looking little red “expedition” ship. It was docked on our …

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