As of 7PM Ushuaia time, the Kapitan Khlibnikov remains trapped in the ice near Snow Hill - making it 6 days, I believe, of being stuck. In the mean time, I continue to explore Ushuaia. Today and …
200,000 penguins...oh my!
Author
Courtney Jordan
After a great breakfast and pack up of lunch, we are off to see the park. We are in and out of the van all day with our little group and really get to see a lot. Salto Grande Waterfall, Grey …
Artsy close up of iguana legs
Author
Rhonda Markel
To dream is to be alive! Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed about visiting the Galapagos Islands. Little did I know, that one day I would achieve that dream, not from Montreal where I was born, …
(San Cristobal) Parkinsonia a/k/a Palo Verde/Jerusalem Thorn
Author
Glory Moore
The morning weather started off a bit on the dreary side which didn't make for spectacular photography, but that didn't stop me from shooting a lot of flamingo photos. One of my ''so close'' moments …
Penguin national monument
Author
Courtney Jordan
We are up early and again a little confusion, as we never rec'd our welcome packet upon arrival in Santiago. We wait outside the hotel early, as we know we are supposed to get picked up for the …
(San Cristobal) Prickly Pear Cactus flower
Author
Glory Moore
If I didn't have the photos to prove it, I'd think I was dreaming. Quite possibly one of my favorite islands this trip. The weather being perfect made it that much more magical. Took tons (and by …
Our boat to Penguin National Monument
Author
Courtney Jordan
After an early flight (which is longer than we thought and there was no food), we are hungry and ready to officially start the trip. After a little confusion with transportation, we take a taxi to …
(San Cristobal) Cactus Ground Finch & Prickly Pear Cactus
Author
Glory Moore
The trip is off to a grand start. Got settled in on the Millennium, organized the photo bag and then headed back to the island for a trip to the educational center. Great photography opportunities …
Our hotel in Punta Arenas, really cool and historical
Author
Courtney Jordan
After a long night of travel, we arrive in Santiago around 10am. It is pretty hot. We walk around Bella Vista after checking in to the hotel. We have to go to bed early, as our flight is at 5:30am …
First Gentoo penguin encounter at Aitcho (pronounced H.O.)
Author
Elizabeth Conway
After all, I have a new penguin snow-globe promise to live up to.
Renee gets upclose with a Weddell Seal
Author
Elizabeth Conway
...in the hands of a three-year-old. As promised, I brought my son Samuel home a penguin ... in the form of a snow-globe purchased in Ushuaia. He loved it, and dropped it on his way into school for …
Renee and Gentoo penguins
Author
Elizabeth Conway
And Antarctica brought it enthusiastically to the surface. Here's just a few of the species I can add to my developing bird-log: Magellanic Woodpecker (spotted during our hike in Tierra del Fuego …
Dinner with great folks in Ushuaia
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Both Julia and Renee and eight other passengers went sea kayaking during our trip -- and at least one of them was able to bring a lucky charm through customs. In one afternoon, the kayakers had …
Julia and Renee in the twisted landscape of the park
Author
Elizabeth Conway
A member of our expedition team, Russian born Valdimir has taken over 120 expeditions to Antarctica (each that included roughly 4 days in the Drake). Needless to say, we were in very capable and …
A beautiful day trip just outside of Ushuaia.
Author
Elizabeth Conway
One of our expedition staff grew up in Owatonna, MN - just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from my hometown. And, as we boarded the ship, Renee was reunited with a former professor!
Glaciers and icebergs collide!
Author
Julia Kocubinski
Another day of trying to make it to some lectures. Unfortunately, the hardest part of the boat for me happened to be the lecture room. It was towards the front of the boat and so seemed to rock much …
Best tasted the local fungus -- odd texture...
Author
Elizabeth Conway
When we were camping at Paradise Bay, the curious penguins decided to visit us at all hours of the night -- literally right outside the tent -- and practice their best squawk. Other visitors that …
Suprisingly calm Drake Passage on the way to Antarctica
Author
Julia Kocubinski
Ugh... the Drake Passage. Tried to eat some food, get some fresh air, and listen to several of the lectures that were offered today. Mostly did some sleeping, a little reading, and wandering the ship …
Adventure Lifers go canoing at Tierra del Fuego
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Our ship, the Lyubov Orlova, is named after a famous Russian actress. It is a tightly-run ship with passionate crew. Our daily agendas (which showed up in our cabins each night like clock-work) …
Polar Star and Ocean Nova getting ready for their next trip
Author
Julia Kocubinski
Today was a nice leisurely day with Rebecca in Ushuaia. We wandered the streets, did a little shopping and in the afternoon headed to the pier. After saying goodbye to to Rebecca, we boarded the bus …
The parks packs a punch -- as Beth tries to illustrate
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Volcanic activity -- BAH! Don't let that steam rising off of the shoreline fool you; the polar plunge was as freezing as it was fun! I suppose, however, that large floating pieces of ice in the bay …
Canoeing in Tierra del Fuego National Park
Author
Julia Kocubinski
We headed out this morning and were picked up by the boys at Canal Fun for a day of canoeing and hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park. We canoed in the morning, all four of us in an inflatable …
Adventure Lifers tackle the national park
Author
Elizabeth Conway
The short answer is it has to do with the the light spectrum, and the way light is filtered through the ice. The thicker the ice, the more blue-green color it displays. Regardless of what our on …
Beautiful sun over the Antarctic waters
Author
Julia Kocubinski
We arrived this morning in Buenos Aires. Beth and I took a cab into the city to explore around a little while we waited for Renee's plane to arrive. Neither of us had much sleep the night before, …