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My bunkmates - from Germany, Norway and Netherlands
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K. Peyton McCollum
Argentina, a beautiful land on its own. We disembarked the ship fairly early, then had some teary goodbyes on the dock, beginning our very long journey home to our various ports of call. I had the …
King Penguins swimming together
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Steve Dolberg
Our experience in the Antarctic was not limited to our four landings. We observed numerous humpback whales from the ship, and on our final zodiac cruise we saw several from water level. The …
admiring the sealions
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Elizabeth Conway
Adventure Life Galapagos travelers raise $83,000 for island conservation As of February 2012, Adventure Life travelers have raised over $83,000 for conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands. …
Our final sunset as we leave for Drake's Passage
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K. Peyton McCollum
After endless sea for hours upon hours, Cape Hoorn was a welcome sight. We sailed the entire day which ended in a fun evening ceremony thanking the captain for his safe leadership, and our tour …
The might Ortelius which kept us safe throughout
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K. Peyton McCollum
The infamous Drake Passage... we slept late after our crazy last few days, and what was disappointing to me, the sea was quite calm. I was ready to rock at least as much as our trip down, but it was …
Whale carcass, Port Lockroy
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K. Peyton McCollum
We started the morning early at sunrise with a spectacular still sea with mountains of the Lemaire Channel reflecting their beauty. It's quite odd, you constantly feel like you're headed in a …
Leopard Seal
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K. Peyton McCollum
Wow! We started the morning in what would be our coldest adventure - a couple hours in the snow on the zodiacs... just a thin piece of rubber between you and the icy depths! That said, this might …
Gentoo Penguin feet
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K. Peyton McCollum
Our day started with a beautiful zodiac cruise around some unbelievable icebergs. The hues of blue are just spectacular! We landed on Paulet Island where several groups of juvenile Adelie Penguins …
Blondie (Leucistic) Southern Fur Seal and Friends
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Steve Dolberg
Our land exploration of Antarctica began at Paulet Island, at the northeast tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and the northwest limit of Erebus and Terror Gulf. There we wandered in the midst of …
Typical view from our room porthole while heading South
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K. Peyton McCollum
Finally, the doors were opened and we were allowed back on deck. It was freezing but the fresh air was fantastic! We spotted our first tabular icebergs and endless pack ice. Our sturdy ship just …
Humpback whale dive
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K. Peyton McCollum
Generally speaking, today was similar to my entry for February 14, but on this sea day, we also saw our first whales! They were difficult to see in the weather and being a bit from the ship, but it …
Layers of paint on old ship
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K. Peyton McCollum
The first of three consecutive days at sea, Valentine's Day was quite uneventful. I found the severe rolling of the ship to be soothing and took many naps on our sea days. It was just so cozy! …
South Georgia Welcoming Committee
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Steve Dolberg
And then we were out of the fjord and into the Southern Ocean. And for the next three days we were confined to the interior of the ship. The extremely strong winds continued, so that the ship could …
Elephant Seals in Grytviken
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K. Peyton McCollum
In the morning we took the zodiacs to Gold Harbour where huge elephant seal males grunted and sneezed and fought each other for the nearby females. They were molting as well with shaggy bits of fur …
Magellanic Penguin
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K. Peyton McCollum
On this morning the weather had turned again and was quite rainy. We still went ashore at Whistle Cove where evidence of reindeer lingered and a wide variety of wildlife fought the weather. Some …
King Penguin feeding baby
Author
Steve Dolberg
During the following two days we did five landings at South Georgia. The wildlife was incredible. There were King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins and Macaroni Penguins. I used to think of penguins as …
Albatross
Author
K. Peyton McCollum
We must have done something right in our lives up until this moment, as all the collective karma on the boat merged and the skies parted in just the right way as we did a sunrise 6:00am landing at …
penguin walking on beach
Author
Steve Dolberg
South Georgia has very strict requirements for visiting ships. Visits are limited to 72 hours. Boots and other gear must be washed between landings so as to avoid transferring biological material …
King Penguin and chick
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K. Peyton McCollum
Finally, a landing on South Georgia! It was a rainy day, but a mystical dreamy kind of rain... we felt like explorers trying to find land through the fog all morning. Finally there were shadows, and …
penguins getting friendly with the camera
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Steve Dolberg
I was scarcely prepared for South Georgia. I had, of course, read about Ernest Shackleton, and knew generally about his trek across the mountains and glaciers of South Georgia after having crossed …
Giant Petrel
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K. Peyton McCollum
Today our fabulous tour leader, Rolf Stange, taught us about the rules and regulations on and around South Georgia. The rodent eradication project was particularly fascinating (additional detail -- …
Gentoo Penguins feeding
Author
Steve Dolberg
We were back on the ship by 6:00, and on our way to South Georgia Island, more than two days to the southeast. Once again I spent whatever time I could on deck, although in 20-30 foot seas it was …
Cormorant
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K. Peyton McCollum
We departed the Falklands and headed for legendary South Georgia. Our birders emerged from the crowd fairly quickly, we had 3, who spent endless hours trying to identify if there was a dot on that …

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