Day Two of Digital Photo Destinations 2012 Antarctica Trip

 

Beautiful sunrise from Hotel in Ushuaia overlooking the harbor
Beautiful sunrise from Hotel in Ushuaia overlooking the harbor

 

I have a really good feeling that this Antarctica trip is going to be awesome. We had all 17 folks make it to Ushuaia but getting there was a bit rough as it always is in South America. Just as I was leaving for the airport I received a call from a passenger who was not allowed to board because she was lacking a receipt for an Argentinian visa even though the visa was in the Passport. Knowing that I too had the visa but with no receipt I suddenly had a vision that no one would be allowed to leave the US. I proceeded to the airport and then found out that JP somehow left home without his cameras and both of my kids were suddenly getting sick with very high fevers which required an emergency room visit. By the time I was at the airport both of my kids had vomited in bed on Jamie my beloved so the stress level was a bit high to say the least. To make matters worse two of our folks were told that there flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia was cancelled.

 

 

Tall peaks in and out of the clouds with fresh snow in Ushuaia
Tall peaks in and out of the clouds with fresh snow in Ushuaia
Somehow everything began to calm down once JP and I arrived in Ushuaia. We had a beautiful sunrise and went to all outdoor stores and then onto our favorite wine store where we were invited to a private tasting later that night which was simply awesome. On Friday morning we went to the wine store and purchased wine to share with everyone in our group and supplied them each with their own crystal wine glass for tastings to be held with dinner each night.
At wine tasting sampling great grapes for our group
At wine tasting sampling great grapes for our group
Dining on some incredible local King Crab in Ushuaia
Dining on some incredible local King Crab in Ushuaia
We headed to the boat and photographed some wonderful color at the dock area before boarding. We held our first group get together, did the mandatory life boat drill and dinner and then headed down the Beagle Channel towards the Drake Passage. It is now Sunday and we have been on the Drake for 12 plus hours and it is our mildest crossing so far. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being a ferocious Drake we are at about a 3 and there are no complaints about that.
Color along the pier in Ushuaia
Color along the pier in Ushuaia
A tire hangs on the side of a fishing boat in Ushuaia
A tire hangs on the side of a fishing boat in Ushuaia
Working on mast of ship in port
Working on mast of ship in port
As we pull away from port towards Antarctica, the crew of a large sailing vessel works on the mast with the Ushuaia mountains in background.
As we pull away from port towards Antarctica, the crew of a large sailing vessel works on the mast with the Ushuaia mountains in background.

 

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