At Sea and Ushuaia

Dec 28, 2017 - National Geographic Orion

After a day of rocking and rolling, the calmer waters we awoke to this morning were welcomed.  Although our journey across the Drake Passage was considered by the seasoned crossers to be relatively mild, for those of us unaccustomed to continuous motion of the sea, the motion was enough to be memorable.  The southern tip of South America came into view and we passed by one of the most historically treacherous areas in all of the oceans.  The breeze was warmer, if not still strong, and black-browed albatross, southern giant petrels, and other pelagic birds soared in the wake of the National Geographic Orion

Interspersed with a lecture on wintering over at a British base and documentaries on glacial retreat and rounding Cape Horn, we readied ourselves for disembarkation.  We exchanged our boots and rain pants for our passports – a bittersweet exchange.  We ventured out on deck, some of us lucky enough to see Peale’s dolphins bow riding just in front of the ship. 

The recap was special this evening.  A slide show of photos contributed by guests was set to music and played on every TV in the lounge.  Penguins on icebergs, a resting leopard seal, stark mountains rising above the sea, a crabeater seal yawning, intrepid hikers on fast ice, the National Geographic Orion dwarfed by the immensity of Antarctic – each photo a memory of an amazing expedition to Antarctica!  The Captain joined us in the lounge for his farewell…until we meet again on another adventure.

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About the Author

Caroline Jezierski


Caroline grew up in the Midwest where her love of nature began on family camping trips.  While pursuing her degree in biology at Gustavus Adolphus College, her desire for outdoor adventure increased.  She spent her summers as a white water rafting guide in Colorado and studied wildlife ecology and conservation in Tanzania.  After college, she moved to the west coast where she began her career as a field biologist.  Her “office” has ranged from the tundra of Alaska to the national parks of Washington, the rivers of Oregon, and the redwood forests of Northern California.  Although she has specialized in inland salmon fisheries, she has also conducted research on birds, amphibians, sub-tidal organisms, marine mammals, and bears.   

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