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Antarctica #8 – Plenty of penguins and whales

Dear friends, This will be my last blog from the Antarctic Peninsula, as after this day we just had the long way north across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia before disembarking and heading back to Buenos Aires. Having travelled only a short distance north from the day before we had a morning excursion to the [...]

Antarctica #7 – Rough seas and seals

Dear friends, We had a fairly rough passage up the west coast of Adelaide Island overnight and through the morning, so it was quite exciting to spend a little time up on the bridge and watch the waves breaking over the prow and often splashing right up over the windows. But when we came into [...]

Antarctica #6 – Paddling, plunging and rocking

Dear friends, A recap on where we have got to on our Antarctic adventure - the last blog was about Red Rock Ridge and Stonington Island which was the furthest south we venture into waters at 68 degrees south. We then travelled north for two more stops - Horseshoe Island and Bourgeois Fjord, marked 4 [...]

Antarctica #5 – South of the Antarctic Circle

Dear friends, After our transverse of the Lemaire Channel and our zodiac zipping through the Iceberg Garden, we traveled further south overnight and all through the following morning.  We passed more and more huge icebergs and even witnessed a few calving. A chunk of this iceberg cracking of the left end, and creating a dramatic [...]

Antarctic #4 – The Lemaire Channel & the Iceberg garden

Dear friends, A map below for a quick recap.  My last story was about Port Lockroy, with its museum, post office and penguins. That same afternoon we steamed south-west along the coast of the peninsula and through the Lemaire Channel. Both Sarah and I stayed up on the front deck for several hours as we [...]

Antarctica #3 – Port Lockroy & Penguins

Dear friends, Another day in the South and plenty to keep us on our toes at Port Lockroy, which comprises Jougla Point and Goudier Island, both of which are home to numerous nesting gentoo penguins. On the rocks between the water and the mountains, nesting penguins. Gentoo penguins are ground-nesting birds, making rudimentary nests from [...]

Antarctica #2 – Icebergs, whales and a shipwreck

Dear friends, Leaving the South Shetland Islands we steamed southwards towards the Antarctic Peninsula, and it was lovely to still be able to be up on deck late into the evening as the sun didn't set until well after 10 pm. Lovely evening colours and view from the top deck as we approach the Antarctic [...]

Antarctica #1 – Crossing the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands

Dear friends, And so we embarked on a truly marvellous adventure with Quark Expeditions on the M/V Ocean Endeavour, captained by Dmytro Ashanin, with a crew of some 100 to cater for all our needs while on-board and an expedition team of 29 to provide pertinent information and guidance throughout the trip.  Although the ship [...]

2020-02-24T11:01:40+00:00February 24th, 2020|Animals, photography, Travel, Uncategorized, Ushuaia|1 Comment

Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego National Park

Dear Friends, In January, together with my cousin Sarah, I embarked on an exciting adventure, travelling from Auckland, NZ to Buenos Aires then south to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina before embarking on the 'Ocean Endeavour' for an expedition to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.  A journey of a lifetime, and [...]

Canada #1 – Scarecrows, scenery and scarlet coats in Bromont

Dear friends, The last part of my North American tour was over the border into Canada, to Quebec to be more precise, and to Bromont to be really exact!  I visited my friends Andree and Denis here in the summer two years ago to help celebrate their wedding and what a pleasure to visit again [...]

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