This morning National Geographic Explorer awoke along the Danco Coast on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula. After breakfast, we donned all our layers and explored this glacially carved landscape by Zodiac. Cierva Cove and this stretch of coast are arguably the most beautiful on the continent. The fjord, full of ice, posed some obstacles, but that became part of the experience as we explored among the brash, the growlers, bergy bits, and icebergs. A few gentoo penguins entertained us both on ice and in the water as we carved a path through the icy medium that defines Antarctica. With 98 percent of the continent covered in ice up to 2.5 miles thick, we were truly beginning to appreciate the enormity and power of frozen water.