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Nov 22, 2011 - Antarctica - Boarding the Clipper Adventurer and the Drake Passage

Sunday - Tuesday Nov 20 - 22 2011 Our suitcases had been delivered to the ship earlier in the day, so all we needed to carry on were our personal items. Of course, Tom's camera pack was brimming over with lenses and at least 3 different cameras - each with a unique application. We boarded by the gangplank and were shown to our cabin where our luggage filled the floorspace. The narrow room seemed like we were in our RV! We had only a few minutes to unpack and stow the suitcases before the first orientation meeting. Everything fit and it was...

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Feb 14, 2011 - Into the Belly of the Beast

Abeam Aitcho Island 12 Feb 2011 – 2100 in Antarctica It seems ages since we set out from Ushuaia and now, apart from two days on the Drake Passage, it is all over! Pretty soon, this past week is going to seem like a dream, but what a dream! We have had the most amazing experiences and today did not disappoint, either. When we woke, we were still heading for the first destination of the day, the fabled Deception Island. This island was formed by the collapsed caldera of an active volcano. It is open to the sea at only one point, the...

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Dec 30, 2010 - Antarctica Arrive

Departed Ushuaia yesterday on the Plancius of the Oceanwide Expeditions cruise line. 97 Passengers + 45 Crew/Staff. It´s a 3,000 ton ship with 7 levels. Lowest two levels are the engine room, water treatment, de-salination, grey/black water, fire control, etc. of which we (Lidia, Elizabeth, Cary & I) were the only passengers to request and receive a tour thereof. VERY noisy as there are three 16 ´cylinder´diesel engines that drive generators developing 2.1 Million watts of power for the electric motor that drives the ship´s propeller; we...

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Nov 13, 2010 - Boat Day 8

we woke up at Half Moon Island and went to shore at 9am. it was sunny at +4 outside. we wandered through a Chinstrap Penguin Colony and happened upon a Macaroni Penguin - who has cool yellow eyebrows. also on the island across the bay was an Argentinian Base. On shore we saw 2 weddell seals and a giant Elephant Seal. It was so warm and awesome - great place to spend the morning. we got back to the ship and set sail for Penguin Island - when we arrived 5 hours later, the seas were too stormy to do a shore landing, so we headed for the Polish...

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Jan 2, 2008 - Half-Moon Island

Today was to be our last zodiac landing on Half Moon Island. Our staging time was 6:20 in the morning, so most of us ordered room service and crashed early in order to be ready on time. Holly and I had a wake-up call at 5:30, and were having some trouble getting motivated to get our gear on, when we noticed that the boat wasn't even anchored. We were making bets that the landing would be delayed. At 6am the Captain announced that the winds were 25-30 knots, so it was unsafe to run the zodiacs. By that time I was partially dressed, so just...

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Antarctica 2008

Dec 14, 2007 - South Shetland Islands - Half Moon and Deception

December 14th: Drake Passage to South Shetland Islands. We wake up to calmer seas, as we head toward the South Shetland Islands. Jennifer is much improved, she is even able to face food again and has a full breakfast. After breakfast, we are given a briefing on how to board and land in the zodiac boats and some specifics on our first landing at Half Moon Bay. (Ignore the use of a familiar name - of course it's not the same one as in California). As we start to head through the English Channel (again, no, not the one between England and...

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