Brown Bluff

Sunny, calm, a beautiful day. Hard to believe that this was our main landing on the Antarctic Peninsula. Caroline was so hot that a thermal layer was removed before hiking up a snowy swale to view a glacier. The real reason for doing this was the great bum slide down again (one passenger hiked up 3 times). As we were the first ship of the season, the pristine snowy slope was left with many a bum print that will probably remain until a melt or more snow next winter.

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We really made our way through this to anchor off Brown Bluff

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 the sea state was unbelievably smooth

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Adelie penguin

The Adelies make rock nests. Some nests would not win any design awards and the Adelies are not above stealing rocks from another nest.

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not a penguin

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 yet more penguins

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 Murray braking at the end of his bum slide

The warm calm weather came at a price. By the afternoon winds were 30-40 knots, top wind speed 77 knots (force 12). Once again the restaurant and lounge seemed a lot emptier. Snow, rain, strong winds and swells were to be around for a while.