In the evening every man looks the same. Like penguins. ~Roberto Cavalli
27 January…Cruising Day 5 Petermann Island, Pleneau Bay and Island
Busy, busy, busy….today we stepped on a mini-terra firma but first…we did a zodiac cruise in the bay around Petermann Island and the kayaking group got to do their thing. The sky and lighting was very dynamic….flat when we started out and then fantastically beautiful in the afternoon.
View from the zodiac….
The kayak group having fun!
We saw some seals up close….
And Gentoo penguins!
And then we went ashore…our first landing of the day:
Moody lighting when we landed….
Twenty minutes later….blue sky…brighter sun.
We were able to get really close to Adelie and Gentoos:
And the researchers aka the penguin-counters got to do their thing…
After Petermann Island, we loaded up and headed to Pleneau Bay and Island…home to Gentoo penguins. This stop was nice because of its mix of terrain…snow, rocks, water and incredible ice formations. And it was the place of choice…if the weather permitted….for overnight camping on the island. I didn’t get pics of my own of the camping as Mr. TxP and I did not participate. I was game but Mr. TxP did not relish having to crawl out of his sleeping bag to go to the loo especially when he had a nice warm, much more comfortable cabin in which to sleep. Also, there was an extra fee to self-inflict this torture so there was that. If you would like to read more about this camping experience, you can read here and here.
So another zodiac cruise was in order….with ahh..mazing ice forms….
And wildlife viewing….
After a nice zodiac cruise, it was time for a shore excursion.
At the end of the day….
…in this calm, serene setting, the crazy humans made camp and sleep beneath the stars.