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The Drake Passage - Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Goodbye Antarctica!

Position - 61°01.26' S
064°24.91 W
Sunrise - 6.15 am
Sunset - 8.45 pm
Sea Depth -3,300 mtrs

Slept very well and woke up sailing through the Drake Passage.  It's a bit rough, but too bad. Nevertheless, I am taking it easy and staying in the cabin and not moving around too much.  So far, so good.

We had to hand our gum boots back this morning.  They were only on hire but we get to keep our big jackets,

It is very overcast and misty today, so it's a good to stay in the cabin.

We had room service for our lunch and then back on the bed as it is getting very rough.  I went to a lecture called "Climate change in polar regions: it is going to be hot!" It was presented by John Chardine, a naturalist.  It was very interesting to learn that we are still in an ice age.  As long as there is permanent ice on the planet, and there is, so we are still in an ice age. Actually we are in a glacial ice age.

Later on, Phil and I went to another lecture presented by Cecile Manet, a naturalist, and it was called "Douglas Mawson: Australia's most famous explorer".  It was good and she spoke without notes and lots of great photos.

We told her that in Canberra we had a suburb called Mawson, and all the streets in that suburb are named after Antarctic explorers.

When we got back from the lecture, the boat was really rocking and rolling and I was starting to feel quite unwell so I hopped onto the bed, missed dinner altogether as the thought of food just made me sick.  Had a very quick shower and was hardly able to stand up and then into bed and thank heavens, slept all night.

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Posted by gaddingabout 17:28 Archived in Antarctica

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