Monday, October 22, 2018

Departing Palmer Station and going home Part 2

This is my last set of videos on YouTube. This is also my last post from Palmer Station winter 2018. Thank you everyone for reading.

A sunset from the Atlantic ocean of the coast of South America.

A sunrise.

Arriving in Punta Arenas, Chile after cruising through the Straights of Magellan. 

A fine ship.


A view of the Punta Arenas pier from my hotel room.

A fine beer.
A going away party for a fine Palmer Station winterover crew.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Departing Palmer Station and going home Part 1

Departing Palmer Station onboard the Laurence M. Gould.

The view from the bridge.

A rare flat berg.

Cruising through the Neumayer Channel the Gerlache Straight on a beautiful Antarctic day. After the Gerlache Straight is the infamous Drake Passage.

Porpoising penguins. Photo credit to Ken.

Seals drifting by.

With a Palmer winter behind me I have joined the "Old Antarctic Explorers" club.

We have sailed through the Drake Passage.

Friday, October 12, 2018

My final week at Palmer Station Part 2

Our ride home, the Antarctic Research Vessel Lawrence M. Gould approaches. Five days out of Punta Arenas, Chile. 

Once in the Antarctic Peninsula the ice to water was 70%.

The final mooring of a fine bow line handling team. 

A fine sight with the Lawrence M. Gould moored at Palmer Station. 
After four Antarctic winters one of the end of season highlights is freshies brought by the plane or ship.

A hunting leopard seal chased these seals out of the water. Leopard seals only hunt in the water not on ice or land.

Sunset from the Laurence M. Gould. All the ice has moved out.

The winterover crew has moved onboard the Gould. We leave for Chile tomorrow.

Palmer Station taken from the Gould. 

The Gould's galley snack freezer is well stocked.

Our 2018 winterover picture with a custom frame. Carpenter Rick constructed this beautiful frame from exotic hardwoods and whale bone. The carving detail is amazing. Painting was done by Josh. Great work!
Just the carved frame part! Rick made a tiny Palmer Station.
Just the picture along with the carved and painted sign.