Antarctica

Trip Start May 01, 1958
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Sunday, January 16, 2005

INTRO: I believe most of us who think about traveling to Antarctica think about penguins.  Yes, we saw different kinds of penguins during this journey, and literally hundreds of thousands of them. 
 
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We also saw thousands of fur seals, and huge glaciers floating in the water.  What many are not aware of about Antarctica is that you can see the difference between the fresh water of Antarctica, and the salt water of the Atlantic Ocean in this part of the world.  I mention this phenomenon, because I have never read or heard about this until we sailed past these borders, and the captain of the ship informed us.   


BUENOS AIRES:
This journey actually started in Buenos Aires before we flew down to Ushuaia to embark on the Orient Lines Marco Polo.  The Marco Polo has since been retired from service.  This was my second cruise on the Marco Polo, because some years earlier, my brother and his wife, and my wife and I cruised on the Marco Polo in the Aegean Sea to visit Turkey and Greece. 

 
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Our hotel in Buenos Aires was the Marriott situated at one end of Florida Street, the main shopping street in the city.   This was also my second stay at this hotel, having stayed here on my first cruise around South America from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires in November of 2002.


USHUAIA:

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Is the southernmost city of the world located on the southern tip of Argentina.  Its name is derived from the native Yamana natives who lived here, and missionaries gave this area its name. 
Cape of Good Hope:
 
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Tierra del Fuego:
Richard and I took a tour to the Tierra del Fuego park, mostly swamp land where beavers live.

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SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND:
 
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This is what we looked like when we made any landing or made shore excursions to see penguins and fur seals in Antarctica.  We were boarded onto zodiacs, and it was mandatory to wear the red jackets given to us. 



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Grytviken:



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One of the reasons I wanted to come to Antarctica was to visit Grytviken where Ernest Shackleton has his grave.   For those of you familiar with Shackleton's last days, he died in the port of Grytviken, and his body was shipped back to England, but his wife determined that his remains should stay in South Georgia.

 
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Elephant Island:

We were supposed to have a landing here, but the Captain of the ship determined that the waters were too rough, so we just passed by.   Elephant Island is where Shackleton's men remained until their rescue by Shackleton who returned to Grytviken with five men on a 22 feet boat, and traveling 800 miles without the sun much of the way to provide a compass for their journey.  They landed on the wrong side of South Georgia Island, and had to trek over mountains and snow to reach Grytviken.  After their third try, they were able to reach Elephant Island by ship to rescue his men. 

Hope Bay:
We hand two landings on the Antarctica Peninsula; the first at Hope Bay, and the second at Esperanza Base operated by the Argentina government.   Since no country is allowed to own land on Antarctica, any base established here must be made available to all countries.
 

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