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Dodging Icebergs

November 27
Today's plan - clear weather, cruise back to Snow Hill.  Foul weather, head to Brown Bluff.  Poor weather has us dodging icebergs to arrive at our anchorage for another land visit.  Unfortunately, the Khlebnikov has trouble getting the anchor to hold and the wind is blowing so hard that it's not safe to board the zodiacs.  Thus, we head to plan B for the afternoon - a visit to Devil Island.  The afternoon is glorious and again thousands of Adelie penguins treat us to their antics.  Several of the most adventurous head up two different ridge lines for spectacular views of mountains, sea, and ice on all sides.

This evening we returned to our anchorage off Snow Hill in hopes of a visit tomorrow.  The return journey was probably the most spectacular iceberg landscape to date.  The sun was setting as we wove our way through giant tabular 'bergs and towering jagged 'bergs.  Our previous cut in the ice had filled in with debris, including icebergs too large to go through, so we cut a second channel in the ice.  Watching the ice split, crack, and be shoved away by the Khlebnikov memorized me and other passengers were alternatively giddy with excitement and awestruck.

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