Who knew COLD was so beautiful!

Trip Start Feb 14, 2012
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Trip End Mar 04, 2012


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Flag of Chile  , Magallanes y Antártica Chilena,
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Today we spent the day cruising the Chilean fjords.  The landscape is magnificent in its barrenness of steep rocky cliffs interspersed with snow capped mountains, little icebergs and on occasion, dense vegetation.  Chile is a long narrow country, which allows for the extreme variation in its climate.  In the north is Atacama, the world's driest desert, the middle is similar to a Mediterranean climate, and the south is a snowy Alpine climate.  The highlight of the area was the Skua glacier, the largest we have seen. It is a tidal glacier that extends from the water's edge upward as far as one can see.  Our captain wisely stopped in view of Skua and rotated the ship 360* in calm Amalia Bay.  The sheer size of the ice was breathtaking.  Skua is also know as Amalia and is part of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, the largest contiguous ice field in the Southern Hemisphere, excluding Antarctica.  There was no sign of wildlife.   The views were spectacular with the narrow channels and calm waters that allowed our ship to get close to the glacier.

After a few hours of sightseeing, we went to play bridge.  All play ceased and we rushed to the windows for a view, when the captain announced something special to see.

At last, we sailed into the "calm" Pacific which has not lived up to its name.  We hit seas of 5 to 7 feet, which created enough of a roll to give everyone a funny gait as we walked and balance at the same time.

 



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