A 25-day boat ride around the Scotia Sea
December 29, 2003 - January 22, 2004
one of the travel pages on muellerworld
A few photos from the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctica Peninsula: http://www.muellerworld.com/antarctica/photos/
Click here to see the flight path from New Zealand to South America, then California, then back to New Zealand (25,618 miles).
- Dec. 16: Wellington, New Zealand to Papette, Tahiti (layover).
- Dec. 18: Papette, Tahiti to Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
- Dec. 22: Easter Island to Santiago, Chiile and on to Buenos Aries, Argentina
- Dec. 25: Buenos Aries to Ushuaia
For the Antarctic leg of my trip, I traveled with Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris on the M/V Polar Star from Ushuaia, around the Southern Ocean, and back to Ushuaia.
- Dec. 29: Embark from Ushuaia, Argentina.
- Dec. 30: En route the Falkland Islands.
- Dec. 31 - Jan. 2: Three days in the Falklands at private reserves on four islands.
- Jan. 3 - 4: Cruise the South Scotia Sea to South Georgia Island.
- Jan. 5 - 11: a week on South Georgia Island.
- Jan. 12 - 14: Cruising the South Atlantic to Antarctica via the South Orkney Islands.
- Jan. 15 - 20: The Antarctic Peninsula, "banana belt" of Antarctica.
- Jan. 21 - 22: The Drake Passage and return up the Beagle Channel to Ushuaia, Argentina.
- Jan 25: Depart Ushuaia. Buenos Aries, Lima, Los Angeles
- Jan 26-Feb 4: Los Angeles & snowboarding in Lake Tahoe.
- Feb 5: Los Angeles to Wellington, New Zealand and back to work...
Photographic & Computer Gear:
- Fujifilm Finepix S2 Pro Camera Body
- Nikon D100 Camera Body w/ MB-D100 Grip
- Nikon F100 Camera Body
- Nikon 70-200/2.8 VR lens
- Nikon 50/1.4 lens
- Nikon 17-35/2.8 AF-s lens
- Sigma 14/2.8 lens
- Nikon TC-14eII Teleconverter
- Nikon SB-80DX flash
- Gitzo 1228 Carbon Fibre Tripod
- Kirk BH-1 Ball Head
- 125 Rolls: Provia 100F & 400F, misc print film
- 2GB worth of CF cards (1GB, 512MB, 2x256MB)
- Macintosh G4 laptop (80GB harddrive)
- External 60GB harddrive (firewire powered for backups)
- Nixvue Vista 30GB CF card reader (for daily shooting)
- Apple iPod (40GB) for additional back-up (and playing MP3 files)
It turned out that the iPod became my primary back-up device because I did not make enough space on my laptop or my 60GB drive before I left home. In retrospect, I should have made about 30-40 gigabytes available on both my laptop and back-up hard drive before leaving home.
Types we saw:
- King (Aptenodytes Patagonicus)
- Adelie (Pygoscelis Adeliae)
- Chinstrap (Pygoscelis Antarctica) a.k.a. Ringed, Bearded, Antarctic, Stone-Cracker
- Gentoo (Pygoscelis Papua) a.k.a. Johnny Penguin
- Rockhopper (Eudyptes Chrysocome) a.k.a. Crested, Tufted, Rocky
- Macaroni (Eudyptes Chrysolophus)
- Magellantic (Spheniscus Magellanicus)
Types we did not see:
- Emperor (Aptenodytes Forsteri)
- Royal (Eudyptes Schlegeli)
- Fiordland (Eudyptes Pachyrhynchus)
- Erect-Crested (Eudyptes Sclateri)
- Snares Crested (Eudyptes Robustus)
- Yellow-Eyed (Megadyptes Antipodes)
- Little (Eudyptula Minor) a.k.a. Little Blue, Blue, Fairy
- African (Spheniscus Demersus) a.k.a. Jackass
- Galapagos (Spheniscus Mendiculus)
- Humboldt (Spheniscus Humboldti) a.k.a. Peruvian