Monday, 27 July 2015

Port Lockroy - Antarctic Peninsula, 14 January 2015

When we rode the bike into Ushuaia in December 2012 we hoped that one day we would board a ship and sail to the Antarctica and Complete the Ice to Ice Adventure.
In January 2015 we set off on a cruise to Antarctica.
Here are images of the Antarctic Peninsula.

My apologies for confusing folk who thought I was in the Antarctic now.
It is too dark and too cold at this time of the year.
It has been snowing in Queenstown and ice-clad roadside rock faces were perfect stimuli for me to go back and review our icy Antarctic journey in January.

As we sailed through the Neumayer Channel (64degS) the cloud lifted and glaciated mountains surrounded us.
The air was punctuated by the occasional bark of an iceberg calving off the glaciers.
 Some folk are cruising among the icebergs in this yacht.

Gentoos sit on their stony nests and tend their young.
 The crew have marked our paths so that we are well clear of penguins.  We are walking along penguin routes that take them from their nests to the sea.
Their smell and their calls fill the air.

 The promo for the Penguin Post Office to be broadcast on TVNZ this week reminded me of our own visit to the southern-most British Post Office in the world.
 The United Kingdom Antarctic heritage trust has restored this early explorers hut. Income from the postoffice and the shop is used for ongoing maintenance of British Antarctic Huts and four huts managed by the New Zealand Antarctic Trust.
 Stores, a cooking range and recipe books are on show.  Seal brain omelette, anyone?

A group of four young folk are taking care of the Port Lockroy store, Post office and museum.
We get to return to the comforts of our cruise ship.

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