Goals are like breadcrumbs, they keep you moving forward. ~Me
8 January…Cruising Day 6: Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbour, Brown Station
64°.54’S, 062°.52’W is located in a spot called Paradise Harbour. For me and ~199 of my closest fellow passengers, it was where we stepped onto The Continent. Yes, I use capital letters….it is that special. Many people tell you that they’ve been to Antarctica when in reality, they only sailed by the upper peninsula. The next best thing they might have been able to do is make a landing on one of the islands that could accessed by tenders. But to actually step foot on The Continent is aspirational. And not everyone on every Antarctic expedition gets to do this. Remember those pesky wind and water conditions? Yeah, they can bite at any time.
So we’ve crossed The Circle, taken The Plunge, and now stepped onto The Continent. This was a trip of Fantastic Firsts!
Today’s activities in addition to the Polar Plunge: A scenic cruise through Lemaire Channel:
There was a brief glimpse of this…
If the humpback wasn’t enough excitement, around lunchtime we spotted a frenzy….
…which means there is a good chance of these being in the vicinity….and they were.
After the Lemaire Channel, Paradise Harbour was next with a zodiac cruise and a landing at the Argentinian research station. ‘Argentinian’ as this is the slice of the pie that Argentina lays claim to even though no single country ‘owns’ any part of The White Continent. One can read more about this non-ownership here (not that Wikipedia is the end all be all of all knowledge but it’s just easiest for this conversation.)
Once ashore, passengers could stay near the water and view a few stray penguins or….
The water was so incredibly still, kayakers and the stand-up paddle boarders got to do their thing…
While the kayakers were busy, we did a zodiac cruise…
We had company….
From the zodiac, we saw this as close as safely possible….
Back on the boat….looking out, I saw other passengers having their photographic moment with the same seal.
And looking down…. saw barrels being filled with fresh water. As it turns out, we were helping to top off the water supply for the residents of Brown Station.
Time to get ready for dinner followed by a good sleep. It was a nicely long day.
~Thank you to my sis and SallyB for playing the game of ‘A or B’.