Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ON BOARD PLANCIUS: October 31 - November 2, 2010

TO: debi@shearwaterjourneys.com

FROM: Debi Shearwater Cabin 602
SUBJECT: ON BOARD PLANCIUS: October 31 - November 2, 2010


Howdy, Birders,
We have been underway since the evening of October 30th, heading for
Ushuaia, Argentina. For four days, we are at sea. We have had a number
of lectures, in both French and English, covering subjects ranging from
Killer Whales to Ice. Yesterday, the mountaineering group made a
wonderful presentation of their trek from Peggotty Bluff to Stromness
Bay, complete with many fine images. On Halloween, Don dressed up as Dr.
Death! He was the only one on board to sport a Halloween costume and it
was a big hit. We are not crossing the Drake Passage. Rather, our route
from South Georgia takes us through the southern Scotia Sea. And, you
know what? I have nothing to report about the dreaded "Roaring 40's" or
"Furious 50's." Neptune has been quite kind to us, with only a few hours
of small swells. The seas have been remarkably calm! So calm in fact,
that we often experience long hours of fog. This has allowed us some
time to catch up on writing, editing images. So, there is nothing
dramatic to report. Today, November 2, we have very calm seas, and
horizon to horizon visibility. Both Hourglass Dolphins and False Killer
Whales (also a dolphin), have been reported, along with Gray-backed
Storm-Petrel. So, it is time for me to get on deck!

Lest you think that we are so busy that we do not think of our many
friends and family, let me say that it is not so! We think of you often.
Special wishes to my sisters, Robin and Elena, my step-dad, Mike (whose
80th birthday is coming up soon), and to my many friends, especially
Jennifer, Scott and Linda. Don sends special wishes to his friend,
Peter, and family, especially our favorites, Henry and Thomas!

Friends and family forever,
Debi Shearwater
On board Plancius; South Georgia Exclusive Voyage

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