Monthly Archives: February 2017

Penguins, penguins!

Sunday, February 26, 2017 After arriving early this morning at Port Stanley in the Falklands, we tendered to shore for an excursion to Bluff Cove Lagoon, a family farm owned by Hattie and Kevin Kilmartin. It can be a difficult tender … Continue reading

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Falkland Islands or Islas Malvinas?

Saturday, February 25, 2017 We are sailing the Drake Passage on our way to the Falkland Islands, or, if you are Argentine, Islas Malvinas. It’s foggy and a bit windier today. We’ve been warned to expect gale force winds in … Continue reading

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Following Shackleton

Friday, February 24, 2017 Whales and penguins over breakfast – yes! We sailed past Elephant Island in the fog this morning, where Ernest Shackleton and his crew had landed after having to abandon their ship, the Endurance, which had been crushed … Continue reading

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But Wait! There’s More!

Thursday, February 23, 2017 The morning started out cloudy, and there was a little rain and snow early on. The seas remain fairly calm. We sailed along the South Shetland Island Archipelago today. I thought we saw lots of glaciers … Continue reading

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Screaming 60’s?

Monday, February 21, 2017 This is the term given to the gale force winds that are not unusual in this latitude. Fortunately, it didn’t apply today, and even the Captain is surprised at how calm the seas are. We are … Continue reading

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Cape Horn and the Ferocious Fifties

Monday, February 20, 2017 We got up early today to witness the rounding of Cape Horn. The cape was named for the town of Hoorn in the Netherlands, where Captain Willem Corneliszoon Schouten. Schouten was looking for an alternate passage … Continue reading

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Watch Your Heads, Guys!

We heard that several times during today’s excursion. Sunday, February 19, 2017 Amazingly, we had another mostly sunny day, but rain would not have deterred us. The motto of today’s tour company, Canal Fun & Nature Excursions is “Never judge a … Continue reading

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