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Mar 20, 2016 - fly to Ushuaia

Finally! About twenty years ago we took a cruise around the bottom of South America from Valparaiso to Buenos Aries with a stop here at the very bottom of the continent. Our ship made it to the mouth of the harbor, but high winds prevented us from coming in. We peered at the town through binoculars gritting our teeth. Finally, the captain gave up and sailed on. Today it took us only about three hours to fly here. Finally. Thanks to huge subsidies this town has become a city with 70,000 residents. The Argentinian government decided that it...

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Feb 20, 2015 - Glaciers then Ushuaia - Day 7

Day 7 – Ushuaia – February 20, 2015 We woke up rather early, but it was overcast and drizzly. Wendy went up on deck to see what she could see. When she arrived on deck, we evidently were running early and had been passing some more glaciers mostly on the port side of the ship, there was one on the starboard. We could not see most of them from our room because our cabin/balcony was on the starboard side. She reported back that we were in the Beagle Channel and passed most of the glaciers – fortunately she took some good pictures. The water...

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Jan 28, 2015 - The Drake Passage

We met the Expedition team on Wednesday morning, led by Tim Sopor and his wife Linnea. We are also joined by Tim Laman, an award-winning National Geographic photographer known for his work on birds of paradise and orangutans. The naturalists are all very well seasoned in Antarctica and most have good photographic knowledge, as well. There are even dive masters on board, a young man from Philadelphia and a young woman from Monterey who wear “warm suits,” designed with high-tech layers of cloth, chemicals, and electrical current, which i...

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Jan 27, 2015 - Buenos Aires - Ushuaia, Argentina

Barry and I brought our Shiba Inu puppy back to his kind breeder, locked up the house, and took off for our National Geographic trip to the Antarctic. We flew from San Francisco to Houston and then direct to Buenos Aires, arriving at the Caesar Park Hotel by mid-afternoon on Sunday. After a shower and a nap, we walked a few blocks around La Recoleta and found the Park Hyatt hotel, which has a modern tower and a terraced garden attached to the original nineteenth century mansion on the street above. Next door to it is the Papal Nuncio and...

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Dec 16, 2014 - December 6th

The day begins with us going ashore to be interviewed for Jeopardy. After 6 takes we get the introduction right – I couldn't get it exactly right --- they had a spiel which we needed to start with. Other wise it went OK. We both did our thing, praising Lindblad/Nat Geo. This let the cat out of the bag… we hadn't told anyone about winning but now a lot of folks were around for the interview. We’ll pass along where you can see it when we know. (Our 15 min (10 seconds?) of fame). Returned to the boat and later had a Zodiac ride and tour of the...

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Dec 14, 2014 - December 5th

Penguins, penguins, penguins everywhere. We pass through/between incredible snow covered mountains, mountains and more mountains. There is no soil, at least none that is apparent. The penguin colonies at times seem to be situated on soil, but I’m betting that it’s all penguin guano. The stink is pretty bad… you can smell them before you can see them. We sometime sit in the chart room and are able to look ahead and see great long streaks of brown indicating a penguin colony. The penguins take great walks. You will see them way up on the side...

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Dec 13, 2014 - December 4th

Today, Dec 4, We anchored in a cove which is surrounded with glaciers and mountains. The expanse is so great that it is impossible to describe and the photos won’t give you the whole picture. White covered mountains in every direction, glaciers everywhere you turn, icebergs dotting the sea, wind is calm, the sun is out for the first time and a minke whale pops up. We got down to the loading deck (the place where we get into the Zodiacs) to finish putting on our gear. Half of us go to shore where a trip up the mountain is planned and the...

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Dec 12, 2014 - What Happened to the journal

OK What happened to the Journal ... Well the ship has WiFi and gets us online via satellite. That means that the ship has to wait for time on the satellite and that means that any connection to the internet is VERY slow. In fact it was so slow that every time I tried to send something it timed out. However, we are now home (We got home yesterday - they announced that the trip would be a day shorter than planned but of course we didn't notice that when we said we'd be home today Friday 12/12.) So what to do??? We're going to use our notes...

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Feb 4, 2014 - Punta Arenas, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina

Sunday 2nd February 2014 Punta Arenas, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina Woke up early today and were all on the truck at 7am ready to leave when Pat our driver told us that there was a major problem with the radiator. It had a hole in it and we wouldn’t be able to go until it was fixed, so we all trooped off the truck and went and had breakfast in the hotel while awaiting instructions about when we might be able to leave. We were told to meet back at 12 noon to find out progress so we used the time and the good internet connection to post some...

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Feb 2, 2014 - Ushuaia, Argentina

An early start. Our tour 'Drive to the end of the world' met at 07.15. The bus took us through the town of Ushuaia to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. A park created in 1960 to protect this area of southwest Tierra del Fuego & the southern tip of the Andes to the Beagle Channel. The vegetation is Sub-Antarctic Southern Beech Woods, High Andean Steppe & Peat bogs. There are both native & introduced species. Beavers were introduced & are causing problems. Most abundant are birds. We saw Black Neck Swans, other water fowl, small birds, a...

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Jan 19, 2014 - Drake Passage 9 - 11 January

9 - 19 January Antarctica Peninsula 9 January Departure Boarding the boat was remarkably smooth, given the 80 odd passengers and we were all on board finding our cabins (with bags already in them) and off exploring the ship by 5pm. An introductory brief with welcome drinks and nibbles (note this theme) and we were informed all was well but departure would be delayed by 3 hours (9pm) due to a late passenger - not bad if you're the delayed passenger. Turns out he runs the company. In the meantime, dinner would be served, massages could be...

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Jan 9, 2014 - Ushuaia

6-9 January El Chalten to El Calafate to Ushuaia Early up, breakfasted and on the bus to El Calafate by 7.30. Rain developed during the night so it was a grey cloudy morning as we headed out of town and reminded us how lucky we have been to have (reasonably) clear skies during our time here. Managed to spot a Patagonian skunk wandering across the lawn during breakfast so that was a real and unexpected bonus to end our visit. We let it scuttle undisturbed by photographers. The bus ride took us again over the vast windy Argentinian pampas -...

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