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GPS Tracking – Stanley, Falkland Islands

March 1st, 2010 at 8:17 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

It was a gloriously beautiful day in the Falkland Islands today – sunshine, a few fluffy clouds, and ample, blustery winds (a common feature of the area, as we understand it).

Around dawn we made our way from our safe harbor at Berkeley Sound to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, and then spent the day exploring Stanley by foot. Not a huge amount to see, but we did visit a few shops, wandered through a number of residential areas, and visited both the Stanley Post Office and an excellent museum with ample historical information about Stanley.

Later in the afternoon we visited Stanley Growers, a hydroponics-based grower of wonderful produce, including a vast number of tomatoes, all of which we got to sample.

Tonight we’re en route to West Falkland Island, and more particularly, Carcass Island, where we will spend the morning checking out sheep, a ranch, and Magellanic penguins. And Rockhopper penguins await us in the afternoon.

Below is our GPS track though almost the present, since last night in Berkeley Sound – the northern part of the track is the latest part.

 

GPS Tracking – We Arrive At East Falkland Island

February 28th, 2010 at 8:35 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

After about two days at sea from South Georgia, we have finally arrived at the Falkland Islands. Tonight we have anchored in Berkeley Sound, located in East Falkland Island (there’s a West Falkland Island too), and tomorrow morning we head for the capital of Stanley for a self-guided walking tour in the morning, and then a visit to a hydroponics plant in the afternoon.

There’s a beautiful full moon out tonight as well, and now that we’re in safe harbor, only minor motion. Very nice after two days of constant rolling and rocking.

The GPS track for the last couple of days is below.

 

GPS Tracking – Final Day on South Georgia

February 26th, 2010 at 3:08 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

We overnighted in Rosita Harbor and around 5:30am made for Right Whale Bay. Unfortunately the bay was not protected enough for us to be able to get off the ship without serious complications due to swells, and we headed for Elsehul instead.

It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and we took lots of photos of macaroni penguins and other birds. Also got to hear glacial ice crackling as it melted.

We left Elsehul during lunch, and stopped for a bit at Trinity Island, the second to last bit of land considered to be South Georgia.

We’re now on our way to the town of Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Should be arriving very late on Sunday, or early on Monday morning. Two days at sea should mean lots of photo editing time, and thus a bunch of blog posts, providing the seas don’t get too rough (scant chance of that though).

And providing my computer works. My Alienware M17x notebook stopped being able to read from one of the two memory slots on the motherboard at noon today, so I’m running at half RAM (and noticeably slower).

I should also mention that my GPS batteries died leaving Right Whale Harbour (unbeknown to me), so the cross country track on the GPS map below is incorrect. The ship did not cross the mountains, but instead followed the coast to get to Elsehul. In case you were wondering. GPS batteries have been replaced, but from this point forward the track will probably be pretty darned boring – a nearly straight line for 900 or so miles. Next update on Monday for GPS.

 

GPS Tracking – Fortuna Bay and Hercules Bay

February 25th, 2010 at 6:34 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

This morning found us back at Fortuna Bay where we visited a vast plain filled with fur seals, King penguins, and reindeer, but again under overcast skies with a fine mist. We moved to the sheltered harbor of Hercules Bay in the afternoon and saw our first Macaroni penguin colonies.

Not enough energy to do up a full blog post on either of these yet – maybe on Saturday while we’re at sea all day.

In the meantime, below is our GPS track, which started in Stromness last night, and ends in Rosita Harbour tonight.

 

GPS Tracking – Jason Harbour to Stromness via Fortuna Bay

February 24th, 2010 at 8:14 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

Another snowy day here in sub-Antarctic paradise. We started our day in Jason Harbor with a landing (see other post), and then headed off to Fortuna Bay after lunch to drop off folks who wanted to hike the last few miles of Shackleton’s trail to Stromness. None of The Traveling Richters felt like exerting themselves quite that much, so we stayed on board and instead made landfall at Stromness, the location of another old deserted whaling station and the place where Shackleton finally reconnected with civilization back in 1916.

We’re staying in the waters of Stromness tonight and then heading back to Fortuna Bay in the morning for more exploration.

Our GPS track is below:

 

GPS Tracking – Grytviken to Salisbury Plain to Jason Harbour

February 23rd, 2010 at 8:44 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

We’re anchored in Jason Harbour tonight after our beautiful day at Salisbury Plain to see the King Penguin colony there and then Prion Island to see the nesting place of the world’s largest flying bird, the Wandering Albatross.

GPS tracking details are below: