Chris' (Previous) Daily Journal
February 11, Day at Sea Cruising the Chilean Fjords
We awakened this morning to calm waters and more fjords. Then, around 8am, we arrived at the Amalia Glacier.
The Amalia Glacier, also known as Skua Glacier, is a tidewater glacier located in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park in southern Chile. It originates in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
When we arrived at the glacier this morning, the Captain turned the ship completely around offering everyone a great view. The glacier is blue and white, and appeared to be somewhat dirty…and it is. As the ice moves down, it catches various items in it causing it to become dirty – and of course, it’s been there for a long, long time. Amalia Glacier is home to penguins and seabirds. Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any penguins this morning.
We have been watching CNN and all the horrific weather in the U.S. – especially on the eastern seaboard. So, when we went to the internet café to check emails and upload new files to the server, I also checked the weather in Florida. I said to John, “wow, it’s only 7? in Jacksonville and 16? in Key West. A couple people were walking by and were just shocked that it was so cold. Then, it dawned on me…….a quick apology was in order: “Sorry, everyone, I was reading Celsius not Fahrenheit”. Oops.
The fjords are interesting in that the look of them changes – some are giant rocks coming out of the sea, some are covered with greenery and have waterfalls (small) that most appear to be frozen. The higher ones are snow-capped.
A little while ago, we spotted a couple sailboats – we cannot figure out where they came from or the better question: Why are they out in the very cold weather? We’ve seen no signs of civilization.
This morning when we went for our walk, we each bundled up with a sweatshirt, jacket, and stocking cap. The wind was blowing pretty hard, so in one direction we really got a great aerobic workout as we strained while walking into the wind and on the other, we had to hold ourselves pretty stiffly in order to not get blown away. It was a lot of work this morning.
For the first time since we’ve boarded the ship, (which has now been four weeks), we went to the main dining room for lunch. Once in a while, it’s nice to be waited on instead of going through the buffets. It was quite delicious. One of the things I really like is the seating – no table assignments as there are for dinner, so it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow passengers.
We are headed for Punta Arenas, at the very southern tip of the Chilean mainland and our last stop in Chile. We are going to spend the better part of the day on Magdalena Island at a penguin reserve. It should be great fun.