I’m on my way home guys! Right now as this publishes I’m somewhere between Santiago, Chile, and Anchorage. 10 weeks later, a short visit to Sydney, a top to bottom New Zealand road trip, an over 6,000 nautical mile expedition from Bluff, New Zealand beyond the Antarctic Circle to my 7th continent and back up to Ushuaia, Argentina, a trip to the famed 3 towers of Torres Del Paine, over to Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier, and a short day in Santiago and I’m finally headed back home for a break.
So as you guys probably know I spent the first half of the month cruising around Antarctica with Oceanwide Expeditions. At the beginning of the month, I was still in the super remote Ross Sea- cruising between ice floes, watching Emperor Penguins tower of Adelies on pack ice, and coming face to face with a gigantic leopard seal. Eventually, we crossed to the Amundsen Sea en route to Peter I Island (unfortunately no landing there due to weather) and then towards the end of the journey to the Antarctic Peninsula where I got to sit among curious Gentoos and experience the mirror-like views in the Lemaire Channel.
Of course, it all had to come to an end eventually, when I crossed the Drake Passage (it wasn’t too bad either) and I hopped off the m/v Ortelius in Ushuaia on March 17th.*
*Brace yourselves for the upcoming Antarctica overload in my upcoming posts!
I didn’t have any plans as to what I was going to do after I jumped off the ship, but it didn’t take me long to start getting lost. My time in South America included sailing in a yacht to Puerto Williams and back to Ushuaia, taking the forever long journey by bus to Punta Arenas, Chile, and another short bus trip up to Puerto Natales where I proceeded to stay for a few days, a couple of days tromping around Torres Del Paine National Park, The short Mirador Dorotea hike towering over little Puerto Natales, a day trip out to Perito Moreno Glacier (back into Argentina), and then a day spent in Santiago.
Needless to say, after countless adventures in Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica, Argentina, and Chile jammed into 10 weeks I’m ready to head home for a minute and get caught up on everything. Especially sharing with you guys everything you need to know to go to Antarctica.
So, see you next month, from Alaska!