06.01.2007 - 09.01.2007
Today we are back at sea, so I’ve actually had a little bit of time to do some reflecting and writing. Yesterday I assisted with my first cold water landing. There is nothing sexier than me in hip waders…well, maybe a few things! My job was to stand in the ocean up to about my waist and help bring in the zodiacs as they ferried residents and guests from the ship to Sea Lion Island. It was awesome! I wish that I could do that all the time, instead of my normal duties. I think that I’m going to have to find out how I can get on the path to becoming an expedition team member. It was so cool to see gentoo penguins swimming and leaping in the water as we stood waiting for zodiacs to arrive. I also saw about 45 elephant seals basking and burping on the beach. How cool is that?! We had another landing earlier in the day at Bleaker Island, and apparently there were Rockhopper penguins there, but I wasn’t on shore to help out with that landing. We also went to East Falkland Island a few days ago. It’s a pretty slow island, but it was exciting to be there just for historical reasons. It was interesting to see and feel the obvious cultural differences between Ushuaia and the other South American locales we have visited and the Falklands, which is a UK territory. We have another sea day tomorrow, and then we will be arriving in South Georgia, and I’m sure I will have more to report at that time. Go Pats!!!!