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And back through the Drake Passage!

sunny -6 °F


Today is spectacularly beautiful in the Antarctic. The temperature may be below zero, but the sun sparkles and the ice glitters and we float by icebergs great and small. Glaciers come down to the sea in wide white expanses, and where the glaciers are broken, they are a brilliant turquoise blue. Ice IS blue before it captures the air bubbles which turn it white. So when a glacier calves, the surface at the water almost glows, brilliant with blue ice that seems to pour its color into the sea.

At our briefing on tomorrow’s adventure we learned that the seas will be too rough for us to be in Zodiacs (Forecast: heavy swells with 40 mph winds). So we will go on an iceberg viewing expedition, starting with a large table iceberg that is the size of ...... Jamaica! Then off to Elephant Island, where Shackleton left his men while he sailed hundreds of miles to South Georgia from whence he came back in an open boat bringing help to rescue the crew.

Love from your intrepid sailors who are once again putting things on the floor so they don’t fall when the ship rocks and rolls,
Bill and Hope

Posted by HopeEakins 01:42 Archived in Antarctica

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