Today is our last in Antarctica, before we head north out of the South Shetland islands and back to the Drake Passage. The wind picks up rather quickly and our excursion to Aitcho Island becomes rather difficult. I hike the entire circumference of the island, sad to be leaving the seals, penguins and sea birds. Boris tells me that the wind has pushed the ice into the bay and that we need to get out of there quick, otherwise the zodiacs won't be able to make it back to the ship. He wades through the ice to get the zodiacs through and the last group of us hop on. We speed through the compacting ice and make it back to the Navigator just in time. I warm up in the bar with a glass of wine and enjoy the company of my fellow travelers. We know the Drake won't be a piece of cake this time as the winds get stronger and stronger through the night. I slap on my seasickness patch again and go to sleep with my fingers crossed.
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