The port! Readying ourselves for the Drake Passage (Kassi Magruder)
This morning, it's an early flight to Ushuaia. It occurs to me as we land that the plane could very easily slide right off the runway and into the Beagle Channel, but the pilot negotiates the landing easily and I'm now at the end of the world. I take a quick taxi ride into town and drop my bags at the Albatross Hotel, where we will be congregating later. Then, it's off to have some lunch and explore Ushuaia. The town is framed by huge mountains and the feel reminds me a little of northern Italy. I discover the local microbrew at lunch, Beagle Ale, and am content to wander around the streets of town. Later this afternoon, I rendezvous with the rest of the passengers of the One Ocean Navigator. We chat while the staff checks us in and we make our way from the hotel to the ship. On board, I find that I have a cabin all to myself and unpack my belongings. We have dinner on board and set sail down the Beagle Channel for Antarctica!
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