Penguins, Battlefields, and Friendly Folk.
Trip Start Jan 21, 2007
34Trip End Feb 19, 2007
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Our driver had gone back to the road to get another group of tourists so we had about an hour to view and photograph the penguins. Toward the end of our time we made our way to a cafe along the beach where they served complimentary tea and snacks such as cookies, brownies, etc., which appeared homemade. They looked mouth watering good, but I can not tell you if they were as good as they looked, unfortunately.
Julien drove us back to the road where we reboarded our bus and went back to town. The girls checked the shops and Jim and I walked around and took some pictures. We decided to
catch a tender back to the ship around 2 PM. The wind was blowing harder and the water was a little choppy even though we were in a small bay.
The four of us went to the Horizon for lunch. It was good. I think we all had the carved prime and there was plenty of other food to go with that. As soon as we finished eating I headed for the internet cafe, which had a line so a lot of people must have been back on board. I did find that one of the three machines in the library was open so I was able to make this update.
We continue to have a great time. As a side note it is around 50 degrees and very windy here. I noticed as I logged on that it is 30 in Omaha. I am sure our temperatures will continue to go down some as we head on south. One of the briefers yesterday said we should start to see our first ice bergs later tomorrow. The day after that we will officially enter Antarctic waters. We are on the largest ship to date to visit Stanley or to go to Antarctica.
From the Log of the Cruise:
"Stanley Monday 29th January 2007
Once we made landfall off of MacBride Head, we altered our course to starboard to head down the east side of East Falkland Island towards Stanley. We altered course to starboard again off of Mengeary Point to set our westerly approach track through the Port William Sound towards the anchor position. We were in position off of Port Stanley and dropped the starboard anchor at 0728. By 0756 the vessel was brought up with 7 shackles on deck and we were ready to commence the tender operations. All passengers were back onboard at 1753; however a delay in our fuel bunkering operations meant we could not pick up our anchor and start securing our starboard side tenders until 2000. Once all the tenders were secured and the anchor home, we set an easterly course out of the Port William Sound until abeam Mengeary Point when we altered our course to the south to set tracks for the South Shetland Islands."