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Our next stop was Bridges Island . There are no bridges on the island but , rather it is named for a missionary named Thomas Bridges .

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Bridges_(Anglican_missionary)

 

 

Our sister boat arrived first and set out for a trek across the island

 

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They were on the high point of the island being circled by an aggressive bird

 

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We paused part of the way up the hill for a lesson on the flora and fauna of the island

 

 

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The Cushion plant is found in Alpine regions

 

 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cushion_plant

 

 

 

Our guide showed us this wild flower and berries

 

 

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While hiking a little further we found this mother bird and her two chicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And from the summit you can see the other group returning to the boats

 

 

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We had reached the summit and the view was breathtaking !! You can see the clarity of the water on the West side of the island

 

 

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And a view of the city in the distance

 

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Or of an airplane taking off

 

 

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And finally - a video of the island and the bird , now circling us

 

 

 

 
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We were up very early near Cape Horn

 

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This monument at Cape Horn has this poem 

 

 

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I am the albatross that awaits you
At the end of the world.
I am the forgotten souls of dead mariners
Who passed Cape Horn
From all the oceans of the world.
But they did not die
In the furious waves.
Today they sail on my wings
Toward eternity,
In the last crack
Of the Antarctic winds.

 

The weather at the Cape was not very good 

 

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and the Captain was making the decision of circling the Cape or making the run to Antarctica sooner than scheduled .

 

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Decision made 

 

 

 

 
 
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We were moving at a pretty good clip and had a little of the Drake shake but later it calmed down and we had the Drake Lake - but with fog and the horn to put us to sleep .

 

 

The cry went out "Land Ho" , and it was so.

 

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We made Dallman Bay in the late afternoon of the 27th

 

 

Cue Al Stewart's Antarctica

 

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We had a visit from some birds earlier in the afternoon and it seemed like they were sitting still or flying fast ! Maybe they didn't want to wind up on somebody's dinner plate .

 

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Cape Petrel and Wandering Albatross in the rear

 

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Cape Petrel feeding

 

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A video clip shows how fast they are :

 

 

 

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The night was a little bumpy as we had left Dallman Bay and the morning was a bit overcast

 

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We had heard that the Lemaire Channel was clogged with ice .

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemaire_Channel

 

We did receive some visitors from Palmer Station .

 

https://www.usap.gov/videoclipsandmaps/palwebcam.cfm

 

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