Travel updates

We awoke this morning to another rainy day. Expedition leader Larry Hobbs, who has been coming to Antarctica for more than 25 years, has never seen two consecutive days of rainy weather in Antarctica before.

  • Dec. 19th, 2011  |
  • By Thom Benson
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There was a patter of raindrops on my cabin window this morning.

  • Dec. 19th, 2011  |
  • By Thom Benson
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We are greeted early each morning by the voice of expedition leader Larry Hobbs over the ship's public address system saying, "Good morning everyone, it's another beautiful day in Antarctica!"

  • Dec. 19th, 2011  |
  • By Thom Benson
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We had another incredible day today. Yesterday another ship had reported an opening in the pack ice in the Weddell Sea southeast of Le Boreal's position, so the crew decided to take advantage of the opportunity and drop "plan A" in favor of the rare opportunity to explore the edge of the pack ice.

  • Dec. 13th, 2011  |
  • By Thom Benson
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The expedition got off to a big start when the captain of Le Boreal announced sighting humpback whales off the port side of the bow. We all grabbed our camera gear and headed forward. This was the first of several humpback whale pods we saw before finally leaving the Drake Passage.

  • Dec. 13th, 2011  |
  • By Thom Benson
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Last night a lenticular cloud was spotted from the stern of our ship

  • Dec. 14th, 2011  |
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