The Weather Closes In

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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Antarctic Dream

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Sunday, February 13, 2011


Day : 272
Temperature : Freezing!
Weather : Snowing and windy

Antarctica Day Six - Petermen Island

Day six in Antarctica started off well with a stop at Petermen Island in the morning. As the zodiacs approached the island the broken ice was packed tightly together making it difficult for the crew to break through it, but very nice from a passenger point of view as we crunched and bumped and bounced our way through the ice.

We were here to visit the beautiful Adelei Penguins which we hadn't seen before. The Adelei Penguins seemed to be much more active than the Gentoo or Chinstrap penguins which we'd seen on other islands. This island was pretty small and we were free to wander around, keeping the obligatory five metres away from the penguins, something which a few of Chinese contingent seemed completely unable to grasp the concept of, or probably more likely, they didn't care....infact, we even spotted them chasing the penguins with much hilarity whilst videoing the whole thing.....something which caused total outrage from us and ended up in several arguments since we were NOT going to put up with that kind of behaviour! Unfortunately, "The Penguin Kicker", as the worst offending Chinese lady was now called, didn't seem to take much notice, and so we took it upon ourselves to keep a close eye on not only her, but also on her son, "The Knob Rodder" (named because he seemed completely unable to manage any landing without the use of walking poles, or knob rods, terrifying the penguins in the process) and on her daughter "Sparky", (so called because of a rather unfortunate lack of dress sense, and who I think if nobody was looking would have tried to pick a penguin up!). Thankfully, the landing didn't last too long anyway, because by now it was absolutely freezing, and so most of the group returned to the ship early.

By lunch time the weather had really closed in, and the ship was being buffeted by stronger winds and snow. This meant that our afternoon landing needed to be cancelled since it was just too dangerous to use the zodiacs in this weather. And so we sailed on, heading back further north again. On a positive note, the extra time did give everybody an opportunity to start tackling the gazillions of photographs that they'd taken. In fact, yesterday, Kevin and I managed to take an astounding 1,300 photos, including some very nice ones of the ship, which was now becoming a standing joke amongst our little group.....that Dom likes to take pictures of The Antarctic Dream...but hey, it tells a story and gives perspective ok?! And it also makes for a great picture surrounded by all that ice and snow!

And so another day in Antarctica drew to a close, hopefully the weather would be better tomorrow.

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