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Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel

Friday, 27 February 2015

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After yesterday's turbulent encounter with Cape Horn we sailed serenely into the port of Ushuaia. We had a booked tour this morning and our rendezvous was scheduled for 0730. Everything proceeded so smoothly we were aboard the coach by 0745. Our tour took us into the Tierra del Fuego National Park where we visited a number of coves and camping and hiking areas. With summer time maximums not exceeding 10 °C one wonders who would undertake such activities.

We found a Post Office at one of these remote places. Jenny spent $US 3.00 each to send post cards from the most Southern Post Office on earth. We also drove to the end of the highway that runs from Anchorage in Alaska to this remote part of Argentina. The landscape is dominated by many stark peaks with most of them sporting a covering of snow.

We returned to Ushuaia and left the coach to explore the town on foot. The feature which attracted me most was the diversity of the architecture. Pieces of buildings appeared to be haphazardly attached and roof lines would have been a roofer's nightmare. The tourist shops were groaning under a mountain of goods ranging from sensible clothing to gaudy trinkets and even snow-domes.

We walked back to the ship and had a late lunch then tried to snatch some sleep in anticipation of tonight's encounter with the glaciers in the Beagle Channel. The ship was due to depart shortly after 1530 but at 1630 when we got up the ship was still in port. There had been a delay in evacuating a passenger to the local hospital. The ship had called for an ambulance but when it finally arrived it was found to be inappropriately kitted for the task. There was a further delay as a second ambulance was dispatched.

Meanwhile we prepared to attend the Captain's Circle Cocktail Party and event that we often ignore. Today we decided to attend and met up with Donald and Mary. Numbers were low and cocktails and canapés were plentiful and eagerly delivered. On entry to the venue our invitations are collected and placed in an ice-bucket. One of the features of the party is the drawing of three entries from the bucket for a bottle of champagne. First card out - Mr and Mrs de Bont of B241. The next one drawn was Donald's, two bottles on the one table and we don't even drink !!

After the party I rugged up to try and capture some of the scenery from deck 16. The light was starting to fade, the temperature was going down and the wind speed was going up. I managed to record some of the ice-field but the truly significant glacier was blocked from view by a heavy rain squall. Back to the cabin to dry the camera, download the foggy images and write this tale.

It is now almost 2200 and we are still sailing Westward through the Beagle Channel as we head for Punta Arenas in Chile.

There is a written warning of unstable Internet Connectivity so will have to hold off until things get better. My apologies for this bulk upload.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 22:10 Archived in Argentina

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