Sea Day – South Georgian Colors

We are in the Antarctic Converge, which is biologically part of Antarctica. In such a cold and extreme place, one would expect a lot of whites and grays to be the main color schemes. This is not the case. Yes, the cooler parts of the color palette are well represented, but not by the cold…

Last Day in South Georgia

*Our Internet connection is the worst yet – this is the first time I’ve been able to get on since my last posting* Itinerary Dawn Patrol at 6:30 AM for a short trip to Salisbury Plain (that place we tried to get to 3 times before) Head to see the Gray-Headed Albatross at Elselhul Say…

Late posting on Drygalski Fjord, Cooper Bay, Gold Harbor

Itinerary Shoot, I can’t even remember now So much the mind has melted First off, I’m sorry I didn’t update last night. So much stuff has happened I couldn’t do anything but find my pillow. Today was more of the same. Let me back track, but it is going to be tough because the last…

Fortuna to Stromness (Spanish to Norwegian in 30 minutes?)

Itinerary Wake up early to repeat the final 4 mile leg of Shackleton’s hike into Stromness Whaling Stationm – CANCELLED Zodiac Landing in Fortuna Bay instead…even better! Zodiac Landing for short, medium, or long hikes back-tracking Shackleton’s approach to Stromness Pick up BBC and National Geographic team for dinner Today began as a bust and…

Sooties!

Itinerary Dawn shore call at Salisbury Plain to visit the largest King Penguin colony in the world – CANCELLED Visit Prion Island to see the Albatross nesting grounds Find an alternate cove to visit instead of Salisbury Plain Today began at 5:00 AM (2:00 AM EST) in the hopes of visiting over 100,000 nesting pairs…

SOUTH GEORGIA!!! OMG!!!

Itinerary Try not to get too black and blue Arrive at South Georgia and visit Grytviken settlement Prepare for our first pre-Sunrise landing at 5:45 AM (2:45 AM EST now) Today is the first day the weather has fouled our plans. We were supposed to wake up in a protected South Georgian inlet, but we’re…

Titanic Icebergs!

Itinerary Cross the Antarctic Converge Spend some time on the Bridge See Shag Rock Get closer to South Georgia! We are in some cold waters (the coldest actually) and the air temperature is matching it. Everything is just above freezing and we’ve got one very nice breeze kicking right now! The boat has become a…

My Reflections on the Blue Desert

Life at sea is easy when you’re traveling aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. Smiling faces, plenty of refreshments, and tons of space create an atmosphere more like a Hyatt resort. When spending time in the lounge, the library, the galley, or even sometimes on deck it is easy to forget you’re in one of the…

Albatross & Sinatra…a Sea Day

Itinerary: Attend every lecture – especially Kim Heacox’s story about Sir Shackleton (more on that later) Get through all photos taken so far and process a few for the slideshow-showoff later in the trip Shoot some more sea birds off the back of the ship We’ve been at sea since last night. We’ve been going…

More Falklands and more WOW! Sea Lion & Bleaker Islands

Itinerary: Zodiacs to Sea Lion Island to see huge colonies of Gentoo Penguins and Elephant Seals Stay Dry! Zodiacs to Bleaker Island to see Rock hopper penguins, Rock Shags, and more King Cormorants (Blue Eyed Shag) Continue my reputation for being the last person back on the boat I owe you guys a full story…

New Island, Falklands – saving for later

I promised a second update today, but I’m not going to be able to do it in full – sorry. New Island was incredible.  We hit shore around 3:30 PM and I stayed till 7:30 PM (the last possible minute) shooting Rockhopper Penguins, Blue Eyed Shag, Black Browed Albatross, Upland Geese, and many other birds….

Carcass Island in the Falklands – my first WOW!

Looks like I’m going to do two postings today. Itinerary (morning): Wake-up to our first landing at Carcass Island Finally put some food down the hatch Get my mind blown by the wildlife on Carcass Island I woke up feeling fantastic! Breakfast was a treat, and everything tasted much better than usual. Outside the ship…

At Sea – heading to the Falklands

Itinerary: Attend lectures about sea birds and the Falklands Take pictures of the various sea birds following the ship Try not to blow chunks I left a comment on another blog article before crawling into bed last night. As I was typing that comment the boat started rocking, and it hasn’t stopped yet. I have…

What is South of South? The Southest!…Ushuaia, Argentina

Itinerary: Wake up super early to catch a plane from Chile to Argentina. Tour Ushuaia through Tierra Del Fuego National Park and take a catamaran tour of Lapatia Bay. Board the National Geographic Endeavour and get used to life at sea. Wow! I thought yesterday was action-packed, but today has been incredible! I could do…

Santiago, Chile – Part 2

Itinerary: Visit Photography Store, Walk around Santiago, Take a Tour of the City, Visit the Pre-Colombian Museum, Grab some cocktails with my shipmates….crash….hard. You get a double posting today because I had some down time earlier. Since my last posting, I took a stroll for a few miles through Santiago in search of a small…

Morning in Santiago, Chile

Itinerary: Arrive in Santiago, Chile and tour the town. We got into Chile at 5:55 AM which is actually 4:55 AM Eastern Time. I definitely got some sleep on the plane, but I’m feeling the early wake up now. I have met most of the people on this trip and made fast friends with a…

In transit: Miami to Chili

Itinerary for today:  Get on LAN Flight to Santiago, Chili from Miami.  Don’t die of boredom. Today has been extremely boring.  Spending the day in the Miami airport is no fun, and expensive.  Fortunately, I was able to find a nice little lounge in the airport hotel to connect from. Security has been a lot…

Last day at work

Today is going to be a “tidy-up” day.  I’ve done my best to tie-up loose ends and get processes in place in case something goes wrong while I’m away.  Something is going to break, a competitor is going to do something we won’t be able to fight back against online, an employee is going to…

3 days to go – time to start packing

It is time for my least favorite part of the trip – packing all my junk.  I’ve already cut a lot out, and I’m still scratching my head on how I’m going to fit this mess in 2 bags. I think i’ve got everything covered on what I was told to bring, and I added…