Almost the Whole Pacific Coast - Winter/Spring 2016 travel blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A few days ago one of our fellow travelers got what appeared to be food poisoning. A few days later we were sharing a snack at a local home and her husband who was sitting next to me slumped over, his eyes rolled back in his head and as I went to catch him, he vomited all over my hands. Long story short they both had a virus and now I have it, too. After the vomit stage, all I could do is sleep. I've missing the shore landing at Terra Del Fuego as well as another stop. I've asked for a guest writer, but I will have to settle for photographs of the things I've missed, the high point of the cruise, I believe.

The stop at Tierra Del Fuego was especially treacherous. The ship's crew had to build a landing point on the rocks and stand in the water holding each zodiac firmly so people could get out. Then it was a steep climb to the top of the hill where there was a light house, monument, chapel and museum to visit. We had a pretty calm day here so no one had waves crash over their heads except for the crew who had to stand in the water. They deserve hazard pay.

There was another stop in the afternoon, which involved a long hike. Ken came back looking like he was swamped by a wave; he had worn too many layers and sweat like crazy. The weather is very changeable here, so it's hard to know how to dress. A sudden wind can make you feel the Antarctic nearby but a little sun and some exertion and you're overdressed. Theoretically, you should be able to peel off a layer, but while you are hiking with a life jacket on, it's more trouble than it's worth.

The next morning we were supposed to hike alongside Pia Glacier. We had nice views of it from the water, but the winds were so high the captain twirled the ship around and we high tailed it out of there. After about an hour we twirled around and returned to the glacier. I don't know how the captain knew, but the wind had died down again and it was safe to visit the glacier even in the rain. We put on everything we own and rode the zodiacs to shore. Even though the granite was slick with rain, it was easy to hike on. The glacier had worn grooves into the rock that provided perfect footholds. We could hear numerous rumbles and roars and suddenly a big chunk calved. The glaciers here are holding their own, neither getting bigger or smaller. One was hard to recognize since it was covered with gravel and looked like a rocky field.

The afternoon hike was like an Ironman challenge. The ship's crew tried to talk everyone out of doing it and pretty much succeeded. Only twelve of the youngest and fittest guests - no one from our group, of course, decided to go. We stayed on board and watched the glaciers go by. A great activity for a convalescing patient.

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