Jan. 21, Tues.: Walking on the Continent
Trip Start Jan 13, 2014
22Trip End Jan 25, 2014
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Tuesday Jan. 21
Hard to imagine we only have today and tomorrow here in Antarctica!
This morning we are touring and hiking the Brown Station and Paradise Harbor area and cruising around the harbor
When it was our turn, we docked at Brown Research Station, on a wooden pier, very picturesque with its bright red buildings. It is on the Antarctic mainland: our first time. We climbed up the mountain, probably 1000 feet or more. It took us along time, but our hiking sticks really helped. The path was beaten down from the previous hikers. It still took us a long time. When we reached the top, last, and at last, we sat on rocks and enjoyed the view.
One by one, each hiker slid back down the mountain in a snowchute… so much quicker! Gary and MD were last…and the fastest, due to our cheap yellow waterproof rubber suits. Watch the video to enjoy our rides!!!!!
We Zodiaked back to the ship for lunch and a rest
During the rest time, the ship cruised to Culverson Island, a lovely and smooth ride. There was a nice rock beach upon which to land, easy to maneuver for the Zodiacs and the passengers (just swing the legs over and walk off the beach). We walked along the rocky beach and enjoyed Gentoo penguin colonies. They were very busy waddling down to the shore for their daily swim, did not care about us at all!!!
After the walk on such a sunny day, we were quite warm and began to shed layers. The ship's thermometer said 51 degrees this afternoon. We hopped on Zodiacs and wandered through beautiful icebergs. The shapes were quite stunning. We played the "cloud game"... what does that one remind you of? One was a ship, one a mushroom, one a duck, etc.We returned to the ship, met with Greeta and Volt and had a cocktail. The "cocktail of the day" was the "Blue Earth".
The dinner was “surprise”: barbeque on the 5th deck
The ship ventured out into the unprotected waters of the Bransfield Straight, and the water turned very rough overnight. We went to sleep early and avoided most it.