At Sea, Drake Passage

Jan 05, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

The seas are calm today and the largest birds in the world are drifting along behind us. The sky is a continuous, flat grey and the air still holds a chill reminiscent of the icy world in our wake. In that direction, we lay a sinuous trail of turquoise as our bubbles mix with the dark blue water and rolling swell. 

In the middle of the ocean there are no landmarks. Few ques to steer a soul towards landfall. Just the familiar direction of the wind.

Down here that wind goes in circles. Round and round the Antarctic continent, picking up speed as it squeezes through the narrow gap between South America and the icy peninsula.

It grazes Tierra del Fuego on that circuitous path. The same winds we felt as we left South America 9 days ago.

Like those winds my mind comes back to Ushuaia again and again. Back to trees, back to green. Back to the world north of 60 degrees and all the people waiting for us there. All the loved one’s eager to live vicariously through our remarkable stories.

Our stories from the ice!

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About the Author

Eric Guth

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Eric began work with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in 2006 as a means to see the world, work with great photographers and engage his environmental studies degree beyond the classroom. His initial years with the company were spent working the waters of Southeast Alaska and Baja California. His move to the National Geographic Explorer in 2008 helped earn him the experience and knowledge needed to establish himself as a trusted boat handler, naturalist and respected photographer in nearly all the environments Lindblad-National Geographic travels.

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