After departing Ushuaia, Argentina and transiting eastward through the Beagle Channel yesterday evening, we have, like the albatross, cast our fortunes to the wind and the waves far from the sight of land. Although we cannot shed our land-based habits as easily as those elegantly adapted seabirds, we trust the ship and crew to carry us away from encumbrances and away from daily concerns. We are moving toward adventure and experience in places far removed from our daily milieu as we travel almost due east, directly to the island of South Georgia. We are in search of wildlife and wild landscapes. A unique bit of mountain range rises directly out of the sea, where cold Antarctic waters intrude into the South Atlantic Ocean. Our journey will take several days, giving us time to adapt to shipboard life and prepare ourselves for the adventure ahead as we enjoy the comfortable embrace of National Geographic Resolution.
National Geographic Endurance
National Geographic Endurance set sail from the western edge of the Falkland Islands late last evening, and we enjoyed a relaxing day at sea. Guests were treated to smooth seas with plenty of albatrosses soaring about the vessel. The morning was full of educational opportunities. The undersea team shared photos collected while exploring the diverse underwater environments that the Falkland Islands provide. Next came a presentation by marine biologist Connor Ryan who spoke about the dynamics of how plankton and seabirds dictate the ecological rhythms of the upper layer of the ocean. Such a trip as we have had is certainly hard to summarize. Over the past three weeks, we visited some of the most spectacular and densely populated wildlife regions on our planet. Today was a day of reflection, photo editing, fine food, and contemplation of all that has occurred.