Christmas Day (Enterprise Island, Antarctica)

Journal entry for Wednesday 25th Dec, 2019 (day 15, miles 0)

Christmas day offered no rest from the excitement of cruising amongst the ice and animals in our trusty little Zodiacs. This time the location was Foyn Harbor, Enterprise Island which in addition to providing a great display of ice and animals is the last home of the Norwegian Whale Factory ship the Governoren which caught fire after spending an entire summer harvesting whale oil. In response to the fire the Captain ran the burning ship aground thereby saving all of the 85 crew but loosing the entire summers harvest.

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A Post Office (Neko Harbor, Antarctica)

Journal entry for Tuesday 24th Dec, 2019 (day 14, miles 0)

This morning we made a landing at Neko Harbor a small beach in Andvord Bay on the west side of the Antarctic Continent. The harbor is named after a Scottish Whaling ship which operated in the area between 1911 and 1924. We landed on the small beach south of a huge glacier, observed the Gentoo penguin colonies that occupy the small number of rock out croppings, and walked up a large snow slope on the southern side of the harbor. For the more adventurous of the guests this snow slope offered the opportinty to do a bit of bum-sliding down the steep face of the snow ridge. Nina, my guardian angle reminded me that this activity was probably not for me as I am still only 6 weeks into recovery from neck surgery.

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Farthest South (Lemaire Channel, Antarctica)

Journal entry for Monday 23rd Dec, 2019 (day 13, miles 0)

Today was a big day as the last excursion of the day was to be at the expeditions Farthest Point South. It was also a big day because it started earlier than usual with a ship wide wakeup call at 6:00 am that encouraged us all to "get outside and watch our passage through the Lemaire Channel".

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Useful Island (Useful Island, Antarctica)

Journal entry for Sunday 22nd Dec, 2019 (day 12, miles 0)

The first excursion of the day was a landing on the strangley named Useful Island. Our guides speculated that the name was derived from the fact that the summit of this island provided whalers of a previous era a good vantage point from which to watch for whales. On shore we saw a number of nesting colonies of Gentoo Penguins, though we could smell them long before we could see them. As you will notice from the photos, the penguins nest on rock outcroppings. Their nests are made of small stones which they collect one by one. All of this to keep the eggs dry. The pink coloration on those rock outcroppings is penguin dung or guano.

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First steps on The Antarctic Continent (Cierva Cove, Antarctica)

Journal entry for Saturday 21st Dec, 2019 (day 11, miles 0)

Mid morning our vessel anchored in Cierva Cove within sight of the Argentine Antarctic Base called Primavera (the last photo in the first group below). The cove is surrounded by glaciated mountains and the cove itself was crowded with floating ice of various sizes. We spent a couple of hours touring around the bay in Zodiacs getting a firsthand look at all that ice.

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