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Heading Back Through Drake's Passage

Monday, February 5th

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View Patagonia and Antarctica on Baroni's travel map.

We began our return towards Ushuaia last evening based on a very serious storm that is coming into the Antarctic region. They showed us the map of the expected weather and winds with blue and green being the most optimal conditions with purple, yellow, and orange less optimal. Rarely do they see turquoise coloring on the map except last night there were spots of turquoise all over our area which Martin (Tincho) our group leader said he has never seen. So, our early return was a smart call. Last night the ship started rocking and rolling and apparently there was a storm last night that I completely slept through. This morning it was rocky and totally gray with waves coming up close to our 6th deck cabin. Right after lunch the sun came out again and we had an hour or so of blue sky which was great even though the water remains a bit rough. The blue sky lasted long enough to have an iceberg sighting that I was able to photograph from our cabin deck. In fact, as I write, I can see the sun trying to break through even though we still have rough sailing.

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Tonight is expected to be the roughest night, so we’ll see how that goes but thus far, it feels like this phase is just part of the adventure. We are doing fine with on tablet of meclizine a day during Drake’s Passage. We walk the ship like a couple of drunks but then, so is everyone else! As Julio would say, “No pasa nada!” (It’s no big deal!) 😊

Posted by Baroni 00:25 Archived in Antarctica Tagged take passage 2 drake's

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