Last day at Sea

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We should be back in Ushuaia around 7:00 AM tomorrow morning.  Today has been spent socializing and getting ready to say good bye.  This will be our final night on the NG Endeavour and it is going to be tough to leave – this ship feels like home.  I don’t think the land will move the same way.  But at least I’ll have a bigger shower and bed waiting for me back at my regular home.

This will also be the last Antarctic season for the Endeavour as she is going to live in the Galapagos.  I think I should go make her home again 🙂

The Antarctic will be cruised by the new National Geographic Explorer (not to be confused with the Explorer that just sank here last year).  It sounds like a much more plush ship with a lot of things more suited to the modern world….like more power outlets and space designed specifically for laptops.  I would not mind making a home on her as well.

As is typical of the last day at sea, we had the Captain’s farewell dinner.  It was very nice.  Afterward we all congregated in the lounge to view slideshows from other shipmates.  There is some serious talent on this boat right now!  I hope we all keep in touch over the years.

I’m definitely torn on leaving – imagine torn like this:

Bull Elephant Seals duking it out at Gold Harbor
Bull Elephant Seals duking it out at Gold Harbor

But sometimes you have to head back home:

King Penguins heading back to sea at Grytviken
King Penguins heading back to sea at Grytviken

And get back to work:

King Penguin feeding her Oakum Boy
King Penguin feeding her Oakum Boy

Even when it sucks to leave:

King Penguin at Salisbury Plain
King Penguin at Salisbury Plain

I’ll be taking off soon.

Giant Petral taking off at Prion Island
Giant Petral taking off at Prion Island

See you all States-side in a few days.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. mom says:

    Alex,
    I am certain you are saddened to leave there but we want you to come back and post all the shots and hear more of your adventures. Besides since your camera is ka-fooey I would guess you need to find another.

    Go check out “the bosses” Halloween treat: http://www.brucespringsteen.net/news/index.html

    LU-Mom

  2. Audrey says:

    We were just sitting here wondering exactly when you will be back. We will miss the daily dose of (vicarious) adventure and photos, but it will be great to have you back here in Virginia!

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