Winter Travels Phase III: Returning to the Great White Continent

Friday, 9 January 2015

After eight years, we are returning to Antarctica.  Our first expedition voyage was a roundtrip adventure out of Ushuaia that took us to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula (photos here).  It was on this voyage that we were well and truly bitten by the “ice virus” that has seen us returning to polar regions year after year ;-)

This time our voyage to the great white continent will be a longer one — 30 days, give or take a day … crossing the international dateline complicates calculations ;-)  Traveling by way of the Antarctic Peninsula and Ross Sea, we will disembark in New Zealand on February 10.

As satellite time is very expensive, this blog is now going into “radio silence” mode ;-)

See you in a month’s time!

Postcards from Ushuaia: Isla Martillo Penguin Rookery

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

We took a tour today to the Magellanic penguin rookery — 5,500 nests; approximately 15,000 individuals — on Isla Martillo.  We chose to go with PiraTour, the only company licensed to land on the island and take visitors for a walk amongst the penguins.  As a bonus, we also saw gentoo and king penguins.

And a few bonus Magellanic chick photos … because they are so darn cute ;-)

No more than two months old!

Feed Me!  Feed Me!

Postcard from Ushuaia

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Sometimes you have a day where nothing seems to go right … today was one of those days.  C’est la vie — that’s life!  At least …

… we are NOT going to the Antarctic on the Saint Christopher!!!

P.S. This ship has an interesting history, including working on the salvage operation for the SS Monte Cervantes, a ship that sank in the Beagle Channel.  Click the link in the ship’s name above to read more.

Postcard from Ushuaia, Argentina … Hola

Monday, 5 January 2015

A few pre-expedition days in Ushuaia, Argentina — which bills itself as Fin del Mundo … the end of the world — and then we’ll be heading much further south.

The quintessential photo-op in Ushuaia.

Postcard from Buenos Aires, Argentina … Adios

Sunday, 4 January 2015

At Aeroparque Jorge Newberry — waiting for our flight to the tip of Argentina.