We left the West Falklands yesterday evening and made good speed over the Patagonian Shelf towards our origin and finale to this amazing voyage: Ushuaia, Argentina. The National Geographic Endurance made quick work of the 250 miles, and we woke in the morning heading towards the Strait of LeMaire, the passage between Isla de los Estados (appearing on our port side) and the Mitre Peninsula (on starboard) of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. We had calmer seas than usual for this region and passed easily into the Beagle Channel by mid-afternoon. Sea days provide a bit of time to reflect on our recent journey, but the day was also filled with informative presentations on our current understanding of climate change and the human-controlled processes which influence, and may mitigate its impacts, as well as the necessary preparations we must take for our onward travels home.
National Geographic Explorer
On this busy day at sea, we are busy packing, attending interesting talks, getting important information about disembarkation, and having wonderful meals. At teatime, there are Swedish pancakes, berries, chocolate, ice cream, whipped cream and more! Soon, it’s time to dress up for the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail Party, where we reflect on our amazing experiences over the past twenty days. There was the Drake Passage, Antarctica, South Orkney Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Falkland Islands. So much history and wildlife. At dinner, oh my gosh, give me everything, especially the soup made from wild Falkland celery! The sea is calm, and the sun has come out as we head to Ushuaia, where our journey began. Yes, we are more than what we were before. We have grown and what a pleasure it is.