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Quark December 3 through December 10 2014

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I went Camping in Antarctica!

 

Camping OPTION: Camp 1 Night on Antarctica (VERY limited availability)         $250.00

 


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Photo by David Merron

 

The toilet. 

Photo by David Merron

 

The Campers

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Lemaire Channel - We were supposed to sail through this.  We had to do a U-turn and go around the island another way.

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Zodiac cruise through the ICE mine field!

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Seal

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Whales

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THAT IS CLOSE!

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Our U-Turn since Lamair CHannel was unpassable, full of ice.

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Damoy Point lies at the northern entrance to Port Lockroy, on the west side of Wiencke Island in the Palmer Archipelago.

There is a repaired British hut, previously used as a transit station for personnel and supplies to be taken from the ship

and flown south in early summer when sea ice blocked access to Rothera (Station R). It was used intermittently

between 1973 and 1993 and cleaned up in 1996/7.

 

A gentoo penguin colony of approximately 1600 breeding pairs can be found nearby, between Damoy Point and Dorian Bay.

 

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OPTIONAL: Sea-Kayaking in Antarctica (See Day 5-8 in itinerary.)           $950.00   (cost covers kayaking throughout the cruise - They paddled six times! )

 

Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers! The ships' sea-kayaking adventures are the best way to feel at one with the sea.

Watch as curious wildlife swim underneath your kayak, coming to see who this strange visitor is. Your sea-kayaking adventure will be led by an expert ship-based guide, who’ll have you navigate your kayak through beautiful,  clear polar waters in areas out of the reach of our ship. Taken in small groups of 10-16 people, sea-kayaking adventures are only done during calm weather conditions.

However, it is imperative that you have some prior sea-kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit.  Special headgear, gloves and socks are highly recommended (info will be provided).

 

 

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There's a penguin in that Kayak!

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Port Lockroy

Goudier Island lies on the western side of Wiencke Island in the Palmer Archipelago, and is home to the restored British Antarctic Survey (BAS) hut, museum and gift shop.

The BAS hut was occupied between 1944 and 1962, restored in 1996, and is open to visitors during austral summers.

The gentoo penguin colony at this site is part of a long-term study monitoring the impact of tourist activities on penguins.

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Amanda , Gary, Suzanna

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Jougla Point is a rocky peninsula indented with small coves and a raised beach.

Gentoo penguins, kelp gulls, blue-eyed shags and skuas breed on the island among rounded cobbles, boulders and pebbles.

Weddell seals occasionally haul out along the Alice Creek shoreline, which is strewn with whalebones.

 

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Chinstrap Penguin

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Whale bones

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OPTIONAL: Cross Country Skiing on Antarctica (See Day 5-8 in itinerary )           $575.00

One of the most efficient ways to travel by ground that is covered in snow and ice, you can travel the same way as pioneering explorers like Amundsen and Shackleton did!

Cross-country adventures last a few hours, so it is imperative to be in good physical shape. Ideally, you’ll have cross-country skiing experience to partake in this activity,

however exceptions may be made for those deemed physically capable. You will be responsible for certain extras such as extra warm clothing and a pair of good sunglasses for this adventure option.

 

 

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THE POLAR PLUNGE

 

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My roomate, Diana

 

She's still smiling!

 

She's in the water

 

She's not smiling any more - GASP!   That water is COLD!

 

Gary with his GoPro

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That is an iceberg!!

 

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Jeff, Kevin, Diana, Jonathan - some of the polar plungers in our group.

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BBQ dinner outside

 

 

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Diana, Jeff, Kevin

 

 

The Chinese group - they have gorgeously styled hats, ready for the hat competition.

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Diana, Suneel, Gary, Kevin

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The roomates - Jonathan, Erica,Tish

Gary, Suzanna

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Deception Island.

 

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We are going to squeeze the ship in here!

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" Deception Island. Be out on deck to watch the Captain’s masterful navigation of this narrow entrance."

 

The water was not cold!

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Whalers Bay is the first bay encountered inside Port Foster as one passes through Neptune’s Bellows at Deception Island.

It was given its name by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot due to the whaling activities undertaken in this bay in the 1900’s.

The buildings include the remains of the Norwegian Aktieselskabet Hektor whaling station and a British Antarctic Survey base which was evacuated in 1967 during an eruption.

 The BAS base, Station B had been a centre for aircraft operations in 1955-57 and 1959-69.

Meteorological and geological research had also been conducted at this site.

The beach is covered in ash and cinder, under which can be seen barrels, whalebones and other artefacts from the whaling and research groups that once operated here.

 

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Snow Tires

 

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Penguin with a 'tude.

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Take nothing but memories.

Leave nothing but footprints.

 

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Supplies to stay on the island in case zodiac shuttles are suspended.

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An eggplant (penguin)

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"Drake Lake" getting to Antarctica, and it was the worst "Drake Shake" returning.  40-foot waves.  Ughhhhh.

It sure was windy!

 

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Penguins at the bar.

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Our group

 

I leave you with these photos of the Chinese group on our ship. The VERY Agressive, VERY LOUD, boisterous, scare the penguins, happy-to-be-there, we want top priority Chinese group.

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NOT A PRETTY SITE.  Ugly, rude, naked person ruining the landscape: here in Antarctica,

and also on my last trip, ugly naked person ruining my visit to the Petra Treasury building in Jordan.

 

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