BROWN BLUFF, ANTARCTICA (Wednesday, 31 December 2014)
We have reached the 7th continent. Our first landing in the Antarctic Peninsula
is on The Continent! Our intended landing site had been Paulet Island, but the Weddell Sea
is choked with ice, thus preventing our access there.
Brown Bluff is a beautiful setting, with 2,225 foot bluffs of volcanic rock that dominate
the landscape. We land along a picturesque rocky beach full of adorable Adelie penguins in
addition to nesting Gentoos.
We have to make a choice as to whether to spend our first 2 hours on land or "zodiac cruising".
Lynn has not yet been zodiac cruising, and her initial inclination is to spend the entire 5 hours
on land. John, however, notes the weather is warm and sunny and we should take the opportunity
to zodiac cruise during ideal conditions. We head out with Ron driving the zodiac and have an enjoyable
time viewing the penguins jumping on and off icebergs.
Upon returning to land, we walk a short distance along the beach and find a perfect spot to
sit in the sun and watch penguins. We are near the waters edge, and Adelie penguins are coming
ashore. Most ignore us and continue along the beach, but the occasional curious penguins takes
a look at us, and some even come over and check out these creatures who are sitting on their beach.
It's hard to get bored while watching penguins, what a perfect way to end the year!
Back aboard the Ortelius we have a nice dinner with Baked Alaska for dessert. This is followed
by a New Year's Eve champagne toast on the top outdoor deck. Sunset is not until nearly 11pm
and there is still light in the sky.
More of our Brown Bluff photos