Today, Monday, we went to Deception Island. The day started off sunny, around 37°F. Then it started to sleet but we nevertheless got to take a dip in the thermal water of Whaler’s Bay. I handed my camera to a stranger and shouted “Please take me”, and she did, so I have some smiling photos of me briefly dipping into the pool. I didn’t need my bathing suit as I only went up to my ankles.
I’ve been doing activities with the woman from Chicago (mentioned earlier), a woman from Annapolis who lives on a boat, and another woman from Texas who’s on the trip to celebrate her 40th. We had a birthday bash last night complete with a Mariachi band. It was fun but we all knew we’d have to face the dip this morning. I can’t believe I did it but we ‘girls’ made a pact! It’ll be something to talk about tonight.
Today I saw my first iceberg. It’s so hard to describe; it takes your breath away. Also saw loads of chinstrap penguins and fledglings. We really wanted to run up and hug them, they are soooo adorable. Also saw fur seals, and yesterday, an albatross with an 11-foot wingspan. I honestly can’t describe how awesome it’s been.
This is the first successful attempt to send mail from my room and and I’m excited to send this off. Right now, my room faces an Argentinian military ship. They gave us a bit of a problem coming ashore where we wanted to, but eventually relented. Our Captain is a good negotiator.
Well, I have 35 min left on the clock so I’ll try to send another dispatch in a day or 2. There’s so much more to describe so next time I’ll have everything in a note pad and then send it off.
The ship’s log hasn’t quite caught up with Pam’s account, but I suspect it will, soon.