James arrived to Punta Arenas on Wednesday afternoon, spent a couple of days waiting for all the researchers and gear to assemble, and left port Friday midday. You can follow his tracks aboard the RV Laurence M. Gould as he transits the Drake Passage. First stop South Shetland Islands to drop off a couple researchers. Next stop Anvers Island, home of the Palmer Station.
The Straits of Magellan. Our flight pattern into Punta Arenas flew us directly over a camp site Katie and I shared on our bicycle trip four years ago. Amazing to return in a role we dreamed of while riding!
Should bring me luck while transiting the Drake Passage between Cape Horn and Antarctica.
It’s considered good luck to kiss the bronze toes of the Fuegan Indian Statue, which is beside the Ferdinand Magellan statue.
Don’t mind if I do.
The icebreaker that will deliver us to Palmer Station and then continue on for a research cruise.
I’ll spend the voyage on the bridge recording whale and dolphin sightings with my colleague Logan. I’ll also be keeping my eyes peeled for wandering albatross!
From the deck outside the bridge onboard the RV Gould.