December 27, 2016
The voyage back across the Drake Passage was significantly rougher than our previous trip, but it was still on the milder side according to those in the know on the ship. 296 more words
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This global transportation bottleneck some 600 miles wide marks the convergence of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans. Its volatility, where the waves, winds, and currents all seemingly conspire against any intrepid adventurers, is due to the Drake’s position as a zone of climactic transition; the Passage divides the the cool, sub-polar conditions of the southernmost bits of South America from the frigid, polar regions of Antarctica.
A little over a year ago now, I was making my way to Antarctica. It’s a long trip by any account — it takes almost 7 days to get there, changing 3 modes of transportation and going through 4 countries — but perhaps the most interesting part of it was getting from South America to Antarctica on the BIO Hespérides, a Spanish polar research vessel that we hitched a ride with. 1,126 more words
After 2 weeks of exploring South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsula, we crossed the Drake Passage, made a pit stop at Cape Horn where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans meet, and then headed into Puerto Williams to resupply and change a few guides and guests. 210 more words