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What can I say?
There must have been a calling... a calling for those who had come this way & if it's not conscious, then it has to be in the subconscious.
I didn't think of it until later.
I usually don't think much when I'm on vacation :-p
Too much to absorb & learn...
How I got here?
It's amounting to a miracle.
I've asked for a few.
I got some, not all.
Perhaps some are not meant to be.
But this one?
It was meant to be, alright.
Loud & Clear!
Do u see what I see?
May be not.
It's not important here.
But given an opportunity, grasp it!
It might not be there again tomorrow!
Josh capturing the beauty of Lemaire Channel
Yes, we do have a pro on board.
He's Josh as seen here taking pix of the Lemaire Channel.
What can I say? Poor Josh broke his scanner while we were crossing the Drake Passage.
I had wanted to get a few pix of his but in digital form.
Anyhow, I did end up getting some.
He's good but expensive. Each pix costs US$7.95!
So, bring your own camera/s! I brought 3 ;-)
Post office at Port Lockroy!
I can't believe it! As Russ was talking away, almost the entire ship has gone ashore on Port Lockroy if not on their way returning to Explorer II.
Geez, look... all those red parkas!
Yep, each of us was given one for free, to take home as souvenir. Not bad eh?
Ok, back to PORT LOCKROY. It's a British base & this is where all your postcards were sent from. Why do you think I was in such a rush? Gotta go to the post office! Post office... such a funny question I had b4 arriving here.
Firstly, u know I didn't have time to read up on & do research b4 heading this way. So, I've no idea about the Antarctic Treaty & all...
As usual, friends on VT asked for postcards. It's becoming a habit for me to send anyway. But Antarctica? Well, it doesn't belong to any country, does it?
So, my question was where am I gonna find stamps if there's no jurisdiction & you need a country to issue stamps, don't u?
Well, what post office & which one?
Finally, on board the ship, we were told we could post it from Port Lockroy, which is basically British. In other words, your postcards will all have to go enroute to UK b4 heading your way. Crazy, don't u think? & I was told some people only got it after 1 year!!! Forget about DHL or Fedex. They don't exist in this part of the world! Ships... yep, ships carry those postcards back! OMG!
Luckily for me, I just bought some stamps for myself & did a self-service postal service. I've got mine already & I carried it back home myself. As for the rest of you, all I can say is, gooooooooood luck!!! ;-)
Land! I wonder if anyone treks on this?
We are still on day 2 after crossing the Antarctic Convergence where the sea is calm & a world of difference from the Drake Passage.
Arctowski, Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay... they have all been wonderful & far far away from the mundane world we are used to. Mundane as in having to work ;-) Oh yes, I do work full time & pay income tax as well. Just in case you are wondering... I do get quite a few emails asking me about work, etc, etc...
And no, I don't think of this when I'm out there... at Paradise Bay. We were all on an adventure of our lifetime & we hardly had enough time to absorb it all...
The senses were heightened. To what?
Well, the incredible icebergs, the whales, penguins & seals.
Less comfortably were the wind.
Antarctica has to be one of the windiest place on Earth!
But still, we "marched" on... & proceeded to discover...
Crabeater it is! & don't correct my mistake! ;-)
Ok, we've got crab-eater, elephant, leopard & weddell... will someone tell me what this is?
I know it's not elephant & weddell.
So, it's either crab-eater or leopard...
Leopard seals... those nasty brad eat my favorite penguins!!!
She can't be a leapord.
Probably a crab-eater then ;-)
U see, I'm really good at multiple choice in school.
Ha, how did u think I got through my CFA Level I exam? ;-p
Hm, I just read that Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddelli) has a distinctive silver-grey blotch & friendly face.
What do u think?
She looks friendly, eh? :-)
No wonder I didn't score distinction!
Nothing they said or you said is gonna get me into those water.
I tested it, they are fine!
But it's darned cold while we were standing there watching some "lost" soul trying to find themselves in the water ;-)
No luck. No bikini for me. Not here!
The black "sand" & the inner harbor
Deception Island is isolated.
Other than the few tourists who came here by zodiacs & only in the summer months, the main residence here are the penguins.
As soon as we are gone, silence dominates...
Sally & a lady passenger
& the ladies were the brave ones!
Swimming from the blistering hot water into the freezing cold water of the Antarctic.
That must have been something.
It was quite a sight for us all!
That's dipping! Not swimming, c'mon guys!
Sounds somewhat like Fantasy Island, yes?
Well, Deception Island is real.
It's an island off the Antarctica Peninsula.
An island formed by a volcanic crater.
One of the largest natural harbor in the world was formed when part of that crater collapsed during an eruption.
It's last eruption was in 1970.
First sighted in 1820 by Edward Bransfield.
I want to see men swimming. Not seals!
Oh, trust me, I've got my wish!
Imagine men swimming in the freezing Antarctic waters...
It's a real pleasure... (I know, I'm wicked, lol...)
What happened to all those guys?
Why was Omar the only one doing it?!
What a bummer!
Oh, not you, Omar.
Just that it'd be nice have everyone of those guys down there with you ;-)
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