Anticipation was palpable this morning as we looked out the window: our bow faced a bay filled with fast ice. After breakfast, we went out on deck to witness a small display of the ice-breaking prowess of National Geographic Resolution. Then, with the ship surrounded by ice, our crew set out the gangway, and we were able to walk from our vessel straight onto frozen ocean. The world class entertainment extended into the afternoon when we visited Pourquoi Pas Island, named for the vessel of the second expedition of Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Charcot. With an increasing chill in the air, a sky transitioning to low and thick clouds, and rapidly changing ice conditions near shore, we could finally appreciate that the Antarctic Peninsula is not always sunshine and barbecue weather. This did not deter us. We bundled up and spent hours delighting in Adelie penguins and their young, fluffy chicks. Today was a well-rounded day of Antarctic adventure bookended by fabulous meals!
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