Ushuaia,start into Antarctica
Jan 23, 2006
|This is the beginning of the ship travel
our trip into Antarctica was fabulous !
We boarded the "Akademik Ioffe", a russian science ship!
We left Ushuaia at about 6pm (18.00 hours)
After sailing through the Beagle Channel you get into the open sea,
or "Drake Passage", the divide between the Pacific and the Atlantic.
Lemaire Channel was our first destination on the Antarctic Peninsula!
This took a whole night, a whole, rather stormy day and another night(700 miles)!
Davida and I put "Scopalomine" patches behind our ears.
The ones who didn't, could be seen only for brief moments if at all,
for the next day or so (sea sickness)!
After the Drake Passage we had the most spectacular weather one can wish for: the
pictures are proof !
Now we sailed for 10 days to:
Lemaire Channel, with the Ukrainian Vernadski Station
South Shetland Islands with Bellinghausen Station !
Now back to Ushuaia, again crossing Drake Passage, past Cape Horn,
another day and night, yet less turbulent than on the way down.
We arrived after breakfast at around 10 AM!
We flew back to Buenos Aires that same evening, spending 6 hours at the airport!
(see picture) and flew to Montevideo the next morning (4 days).
Our last visit was to a vinyard 30 km outside Montevideo and then 11hours
flight back to Dallas, TX and 2hours to Albuquerque, NM!
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Hasta la vista!
Gunther & Davida