Our two-and-a-half-day journey back from South Georgia helped put everything we experienced over the past week into perspective. Dedicating what seems like an eternity at sea just to get to a destination is not a common occurrence in modern times where everything needs to happen “right now.” So fantastic and remote is the place we just visited that it deserves this extra time to force us to reflect—on our visit, how incredibly lucky we were to experience it in some unexpected weather, and just how lucky we are in general.
National Geographic Explorer
A storm system redirected National Geographic Explorer to dock in Ushuaia one day earlier than anticipated at the beginning of the trip. Our last day together was spent touring the countryside of Ushuaia via buses organized by our wonderful team of agents based in the area. These agents provided a day full of breathtaking landscapes and an assortment of weather patterns. The buses served as a comfortable transport to two different lakes, Lake Escondido and Lake Fagnano. Lake Escondido is also known as Hidden Lake. It earned this name by often being covered in a thick layer of fog that conceals its location. We were lucky the winds were strong enough to provide us with a view at the photo stop alongside the road. At Lake Fagnano, our guests were invited to stroll along the marsh to look for birds. After our visits to the lakes, we were escorted to the top of Ushuaia, giving us a great view for our lunch before returning to the ship. A great day of forest views, snow, and peat bogs.