Antarctica...Final photos, nearing the final wrapup...Our Killer Whales video...


 Killer Whales (orcas) in the Polar Circle.
It feels odd to be back in civilization after the 16 nights we spent at sea as our ship, Ponant Le Soleal scoured the territory on its way to the Polar Circle in the Antarctic to provide its 193 passengers with an exceptional experience.  And, exceptional, it was.
This is undoubtedly one of my favorite Chinstrap Penguin photos as she's situated on the cool rocks in order to cool down on a warm day.

 
One of the Zodiac boats approaching the ship for us to board.
Now, back in Buenos Aires for the next 24 hours, we're busily preparing to leave for Africa, I’m trying to shift gears from our previous penguin-minded adventures back to thinking in terms of giraffes, zebras, elephants, rhinos, lions and warthogs and more.
A face only a mother could love.
Transitioning from the vast amount of wildlife in Antarctica to Africa will be easier than it may have been had we'd been moving on to a less wildlife-rich country. 
Elephant seals lying in a ditch.
And yet, the memories will always linger on for this life-changing experience. Antarctica will remain in our hearts and minds forever. We could easily spend the next two to three months, sharing more of the thousands of photos we took during those 16 nights, 17 days.
A photogenic baby fur seal.
But, it's time to move on to our next adventure and we do so with enthusiasm and joy for the opportunities of the past and for those upcoming in the future. Each and every leg of our year's long journey leaves us with more knowledge, more understanding and more passion for this world, its people and its treasures that surround us.
A sea of penguins.
As a recap of our itinerary on the Antarctica cruise, please read below:
  • Ushuaia - New Island
  • New Island - Steeple Jason
  • Steeple Jason - Saunders the Neck
  • Saunders - Elsehul
  • Elsehul - Stromness
  • Stromness - Grytviken
  • Grytviken - Maiviken
  • Maiviken - Saint Andrews
  • Saint Andrews - Turret Point
  • Turret Point - Half Moon
  • Half Moon - Deception Island
  • Deception Island - Paradise Bay
  • Paradise Bay -Pleneau
  • Pleneau - Detaille Island
  • Detaille Island - Baie De Lallemand
  • Baie De Lallemand - Neko
  • Neko - Ushuaia
Total miles traveled:  3,695 nautical miles, 4,252 miles, 6,843 km
These types of caves are enticing.  Wouldn't it be fun to peek inside?
We move forward to the next phase of our journey, eternally grateful for the experience, for the good fortune in weather along the way and for the wildlife who gave us more than we ever expected.
Fabulous Chef Tony made us some fabulous dishes while outdoors on the veranda.
Tomorrow morning, we'll leave the Prodeo Hotel for the airport at 10:00 am.  It's about a 45-minute ride to the airport getting us there in the required two-hour window for international flights.
Happy little chick!
We'll do a short post tomorrow with a few more new Antarctica photos and another short post the following day February 11th to announce our arrival in South Africa.  From there we'll return to our regular schedule of daily full-sized posts with Africa photos as we live among the wildlife in Marloth Park and of course, our wonderful friends.
Black-browed Albatross chick.

Penguins on an iceberg!
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Photo from one year ago today, February 9, 2017:
Sailboats moored in the bay in Dover, Tasmania.  For more details, please click here.

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