Trip Start Jan 24, 2010
12Trip End Feb 15, 2010
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Quark's Lyubov Orlova
I can't believe I am here!!!!! I am so excited!!!!! Salisbury Plain is touted as the jewel of the Falklands, I am one of the lucky few thousand a year that every get here!!!!! We will enjoy the experience of a lifetime at this unique place and time. It is beautiful, sunny and warm today, and I remove my coat.
The chicks of the albatross are nesting and being fed by parents, who, if not breeding would not be on land, instead coasting in the updrafts for up to seven years as steward of the oceans. Rockhopper penguins share the rocky cliffs, and provide hours of squaking and waddling entertainment. The Magellanic penguins (jackass is the local term) burrow underground in the soft peaty soil, so we have to be careful not to stand on the burrows. The wildlife don't know the rule not to approach within 5', so we are blessed with the approach of curious penguins to the still pax, allowing for exciting close encounters and moving observations and incredible photos.
It is an unbelievable experience and feeling to live this moment. No matter how the rest of the voyage is, this day was more than you could dream of for a perfect day in the Antarctic region.