After departing Ushuaia, Argentina and transiting eastward through the Beagle Channel yesterday evening, we have, like the albatross, cast our fortunes to the wind and the waves far from the sight of land. Although we cannot shed our land-based habits as easily as those elegantly adapted seabirds, we trust the ship and crew to carry us away from encumbrances and away from daily concerns. We are moving toward adventure and experience in places far removed from our daily milieu as we travel almost due east, directly to the island of South Georgia. We are in search of wildlife and wild landscapes. A unique bit of mountain range rises directly out of the sea, where cold Antarctic waters intrude into the South Atlantic Ocean. Our journey will take several days, giving us time to adapt to shipboard life and prepare ourselves for the adventure ahead as we enjoy the comfortable embrace of National Geographic Resolution.
National Geographic Explorer
And so, our voyage begins! Today we have been graced by the good weather gods for the first crossing of our expedition, from Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands. It certainly is not every day that the bow is open for us to enjoy on a day at sea! We had barely finished breakfast when we experienced our first taste of a true expedition, with an amazing sighting of a large group of hourglass dolphins delaying our morning briefing and expedition staff introductions! We spent the day with a great showcase of presentations from our natural history team; from top photography tips, to seabird identification, and history of the first circumnavigation. The excellent conditions continued well into the afternoon to allow for fantastic viewing of petrels and albatrosses flying behind and around the aft sundeck of the ship. Once again, our first evening recap was interrupted by the charismatic display of a humpback whale as we made our way into the Falkland Islands at sunset.