The wind and swell died away for good today, and the sun came out in the afternoon: surprisingly pleasant conditions out on deck. A fine day for a spot of birdwatching! With four species of albatross and six species of petrel, it was a great day to hone our species identification skills which will undoubtedly get sharper as we spend the next three weeks exploring the Southern Ocean.
National Geographic Orion
Our time has come, the circle is closed. Twenty days ago, we left Ushuaia. Headed towards Antarctica, the infamous Drake Passage, and certainly some unknown. Now we return, after an incredible voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, and a lot of ocean in between. Calm seas in the Beagle channel were certainly enjoyed, but it was a bit shocking to see trees and civilization. We did enjoy the sunshine, dolphins, and abundant birds. I think for many of us, we wished we were heading back out instead of into Ushuaia, but the memories we have created will last a lifetime.