The ice binds this place together. This white continent doubles in size in the winter as the sea ice forms around the glacially capped land. It brings so much life, from the algae that accumulates and grows underneath, to the seals hauling out atop the ice to sleep. With the weather and waters constantly carving in so many various dimensions, the shapes and patterns are in permanent flux, at a very gradual pace albeit. These myriad freezing forms crystallize into our minds as memories, and hopefully dreams, as we say good night.
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Our voyage began in tumultuous seas, but by morning, the famed Drake Passage had calmed, settling into seas that rolled rather than rocking our hull. It is difficult to think of a more appropriate start than this. As we sail towards a land that at first glance seems harsh and unforgiving, but may reward adventurers with fortitude. Here now among the albatross and petrels, we find ourselves beyond the scope of civilization. What better place to be?