Port Lockroy

Trip Start Feb 03, 2006
Trip End May 09, 2006

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Thursday, February 9, 2006

MILES: flying 8517, bus 22, taxi 33, walking 12, ship 836, Zodiac boat 4 total: 9424
Reached our furthest point south:
S 65d 03m 13.1s
W 63d 55m 33.5s

Awoke to cloudy, rainy, misty, windy conditions as the ship traveled south through the Lemaire channel. I am uncertain how far we were going to go, but the captain announced that due to the poor weather, we would be turning around prematurely. So we reached our southernmost point today, (coordinates listed above), just 75 miles from the Antarctica circle. I can attest to the weather, I could barely stand on deck the wind was so strong, and it only took minutes for my rain gear to be completely soaked. I figured that landing someplace today was out of the question, but I was wrong. A few hours later we came to Port Lockroy (there was really no port, but they did have one building!), where we anchored. Within an hour the rain and wind had stopped, and we even got some sun breaks. The cove was very protected on 3 sides, and the walls rose up steeply 50-150 feet from the water surface. We were ferried again via zodiac boat to a small island where there must have been 1000 Gentoo penguins. We got one hour to do hike around and photograph the birds, and the scenery. Check out my photo album! I am in Antarctica, I still can't believe it! They are pretty careful here about the penguins and disease, and disease on the ship. We have to wear rubber boots, because usually we step in the water getting on/off the boat at shore. Before we leave land, they wash our boots carefully, then we board the boat, then when we get back on the ship, they spray some kind of super strength germ killer on the boots, and put them in plastic bags for us to carry back to our room. This is all to prevent any disease or germ that might be in one penguin colony to being spread to another, via our boots. Also, we have to put our hands through this space age device that disinfects them, and I am pretty sure that is for our protection, and spreading disease among the passengers.

Tomorrow we're to anchor at Paradise Harbor, I wonder if they'll be palm trees....
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