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Antarctica - Into the Icebox

So in July of 2006 we started our year long adventure. After spending a couple of days in an Internet Cafe in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, and a flurry of emails back and forth to Jonathan of Adventure Life, we have booked our Antarctica Cruise.

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Abandoned oil hauler at Whaler's Bay on Deception Island.
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Rene VanPelt
We wake up in Ushuaia ready for disembarkation and our drive back home. But this drive will take another 6 months through Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Ecuador before we ship our truck to Mexico and …
Leggo my Eggo!  -  Defending the nest.
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Rene VanPelt
Another day at sea, so another lecture day. Brandon gives another good lecture on Whales, this time about Orcas. Laurie shows a slide show of another Quark Expedition to the Arctic. I am very …
The thermal bay on Deception Island.  Care for a dip anyone?
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Rene VanPelt
You can imagine my fear as I wake up this morning, knowing we are in the Drake Passage, which was not so kind to my stomach on the way down. But, to my amazement, I actually feel normal. In fact, …
Mike and Rene - It's obviously cold out.
Author
Rene VanPelt
Barrientos Island is the location of our morning zodiac landing. If I understand right this island is part of the Aitcho Islands which were named by a hydrographic scientist, so they are really …
Porcuipenguin - How do these guys stay warm?
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Rene VanPelt
The Antarctic weather throws another curve in today’s planned itinerary. The landing at Gourdin Island will not happen today due to excessive winds of 40-45 knots. Gourdin is at the northern …
We were told we could get a ride, where's the Captain?
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Rene VanPelt
The news this morning is that we cannot reach Snow Hill Island, as we were scheduled to, due to the large amount of ice between our current position and the island. The Sarpik Ittuk has been …
Whaler's Bay, the Biscoe house - Not open for business.
Author
Rene VanPelt
An early wake-up, 6 a.m., is rewarded with magnificent views of enormous Tabular Icebergs in the Antarctic Sound, the size of . . . I don’t even know how big. They appear as big as skyscrapers …
Ooooo, the perfect rock for my nest.
Author
Rene VanPelt
The entire day is spent at Deception Island, located in the South Shetland Island, and is actually the rim of an extinct volcano with a 500 meter section of the rim blown out of it. That would …
A vessel in the Beagle Channel on the way to Drake Passage.
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Rene VanPelt
Note to self – don’t repeat yesterday’s crawling episode. In fact, don’t repeat much of yesterday. Where are we? Are we out of the Drake Shake yet? No, but somehow I do …
Hiking in the frigid southlands.
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Rene VanPelt
Note to self – don’t repeat yesterday’s crawling episode. In fact, don’t repeat much of yesterday. Where are we? Are we out of the Drake Shake yet? No, but somehow I do …
Leaving Ushuaia for the deepfreeze.
Author
Rene VanPelt
As a bit of light streams through the window, we awake in the Drake Passage, later endeared as the “Drake Shake.” The sea is very strong and makes our Sarpik Ittuk feel like a rubber …
Bon Voyage - Stay Warm!  We anxiously await departure.
Author
Rene VanPelt
My husband says to me, “do you still want to go to Antarctica”? “Of course,” was my response, “but, how would we get there”? After a long pause, he answers, …

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