We’ve been battling a pretty strong 30 knot headwind for the past 24 hours and it has slowly put us behind schedule. But this morning, we finally got within sight of the Antarctic Peninsula and everyone was jazzed beyond belief to wake up and see land.
Morning light on Livingston Island.
Because of the delay, the powers that be have decided to forgo the training mission with the zodiacs to Trinity Island and have set our sights on Cierva Cove, where we will spend the afternoon skiing. I think most people are looking to skip lunch on the ship in order to get out on the skis as soon as possible and take advantage of the sunny, yet very windy conditions today. The group I will be skiing with consists of Glen Poulsen (who is the guide) Thomas Laasko, Scott Fennel and Kellie Okonek. They are all very strong ski tourers and we are slated to be on the third zodiac off the ship, behind all the film crews who seem to have priority over the rest of us.
Icebergs the size of houses!!!.
The overall feeling amongst the participants on this adventure is very surreal and I think most people are finding it hard to believe that we really have arrived in Antarctica. Currently, we are on plan E, and have been modifying the itinerary as conditions become more apparent, and we are lucky to have such a knowledgeable crew on board who know the ins and outs of the Peninsula.
Hopefully, my next update will actually include pictures of people skiing, because I know we are all jonesing to get out on the snow and to put it very simply…Live to Ski!!!