Antarctica Adventure - 2002

Biggest research project ongoing at present is the digging into the subsurface lakes that have been identified, like Vostok, and studying the aurora australis

A NOTHER T WO D AYS AT S EA Day 17 The seas were rough and the skies cloudy as we headed towards the Falklands through the mighty Scotia Sea. Kay was able to eat breakfast this morning: eggs, toast, fruit, and juice, then she had fruit for lunch, and then only a baked potato in the cabin. The heavy seas just killed her appetite, both for food and for the places where food could be seen or smelled. Magnificent seabirds have been following us since we left South Georgia. We are at a loss to determine why and our shipboard experts don’t really know why they do either. Mainly we are seeing albatrosses of various kinds and petrels. No matter how the winds blow or the waves dance, the birds stick with us. We chiefly did lectures again today, as usual on sea days. We did lots of reading too and Kay mostly slept to avoid being seasick. Lots of folks on board are sick today or too queasy to want to leave their rooms, so the dining areas are pretty empty. Many people also prefer taking the lectures in their cabins as well rather than venturing down to Darwin Hall theater. Kay was one of the TV watchers and I stayed in and looked at the couple with her too. Everyone is hoping for calmer waters tomorrow and there is reason behind the hope as we will soon be crossing the Antarctic Convergence where the Atlantic and the Southern Oceans meet and merge and then we will be in the South Atlantic which is usually much more peaceful than the SouthernOcean. Day 18 The seas were bouncy last night but nothing like the worst we have experienced. However, I was unable to sleep until the wee small hours because it was just too hard to stay in bed; you had to concentrate on your balance and your position. Kay, however, was able to sleep through it all and then woke up ready to go to breakfast before going to the morning lecture. Again, they kept us busy with lectures all day. One lecture centered on the disembarkation process at Stanley in the Falklands and another was a presentation from Klemens requesting support for his summer and winter penguin research projects. He was basically asking for dollars to purchase either device which the penguins swallowed so that their food intake could be checked these would be used during summer or for a satellite transmitting device to track where the Rockhopper penguins go during the winter. The fact that Kay was ready once again to brave the dining room for lunch was evidence enough that we were in much smoother waters by now.

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