The end is near… of the month!

Antarctica, penguins, emperor and Adelie, Adelie penguin, emperor penguin, Cape Hallet
An Adelie stealing the show from an Emperor.

I’m on my way home guys! Right now as this publishes I’m somewhere between Santiago, Chile and Anchorage. 10 weeks later, a short visit to Sydney, a top to bottom New Zealand road trip, an over 6,000 nautical mile expedition from Bluff, New Zealand beyond the Antarctic Circle to my 7th continent and back up to Ushuaia, Argentina, a trip to the famed 3 towers of Torres Del Paine, over to Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier, and a short day in Santiago and I’m finally headed back home for a break.

Torres Del Paine, Mirador Del Torres, Three towers, Chile
Torres Del Paine, Chile.

So as you guys probably know I spent the first half of the month cruising around Antarctica with Oceanwide Expeditions. At the beginning of the month I was still in the super remote Ross Sea- cruising between ice floes, watching Emperor Penguins tower of Adelies on pack ice and coming face to face with a gigantic leopard seal. Eventually we crossed to the Amundsen Sea en route to Peter I Island (unfortunately no landing there due to weather) and then towards the end of the journey to the Antarctic Peninsula were I got to sit among curious Gentoos and experience the mirror-like views in the Lemaire Channel.

Leopard seal, Antarctica, Ross Sea, OCeanwide Expeditions
I thought this Leopard Seal was gonna jump in the zodiac with us!

Of course it all had to come to an end eventually, were I crossed the Drake Passage (it wasn’t too bad either) and I hopped off the m/v Ortelius in Ushuaia on March 17th.*

*Brace yourselves for the upcoming Antarctica overload in my upcoming posts!

Gentoo, gentoo penguin, penguin, penguins, Danko Island, Antarctica
The Gentoos who snuck up on at me at Danko Island in the Antarctic Peninsula.

I didn’t have any plans as to what I was going to do after I jumped off the ship, but it didn’t take me long to start getting lost. My time in South America included sailing in a yacht to Puerto Williams and back to Ushuaia, taking the forever long journey by bus to Punta Arenas, Chile, and another short bus trip up to Puerto Natales where I proceeded to stay for a few days, a couple days tromping around Torres Del Paine National Park, The short Mirador Doratea hike towering over little Puerto Natales, a day trip out to Perito Moreno Glacier (back into Argentina), and then a day spent in Santiago.

Perito Moreno, Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina.

Needless to say after countless adventures in Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica, Argentina and Chile jammed into 10 weeks I’m ready to head home for minute and get caught up on everything. Especially sharing with you guys everything you need to know to go to Antarctica.

Lemaire Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
The Lemaire Channel, Antarctic Peninsula.

So, see you next month, from Alaska!

3 thoughts on “The end is near… of the month!

  • Carl March 30, 2017 at 6:16 am Reply

    Beautiful photos and I look forward to hearing about the trip in more detail. I don’t want to be a nag kinda person though, and while I am sure you were rushing to get this cranked out, some more careful proofreading would have helped. Too many wording errors, left out words, etc. Not stuff that spell check might get, but enough to have thrown my attention out of the narrative which is always a bad thing to happen to the reader.

    I’ve hesitated to mention these kinds of things in the past but this post is especially egregious. I do hope you take this as at least somewhat constructive. I do love the blog and have been a fan for quite a while. Heck, I bought the Scrubba (love it) and my backpack as well, all based on your advice and inspiration.

    Best wishes and I am looking forward to future posts.

    • Nicole April 1, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply

      Ahhhh you got me! I typed up the post in my phone and didn’t do my normal ‘let me read this 17 times and find all the mistakes’

      • Carl April 1, 2017 at 9:24 pm Reply

        Ok, well a phone is tough to type on, I know that too well! Looking forward to the next posts!

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