Rounding The Horn

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I’m not sure when this will get up and running. We have lost all satellite contact. I even failed to make my broadcast to KION because the satellite phone would not work. I’ll keep trying during the day.

The main reason I made this trip was to “round the horn” and round it we did. This morning we were at the Island of Horn and stayed for a bit so the lighthouse keeper’s wife and child could come aboard. The lighthouse keeper does a two year stint. His wife is 27 and his son, 6. They brought stamps so that everyone’s passport will now have a Cape Horn imprint. I’ll settle for that rather than the blue star tattoo on my left ear that the sailors were awarded years ago to commemorate their first time around. Go around fifty times and you got 5 blue stars on each ear and two red stars on your forehead, plus you never had to pay for a drink in Liverpool. I’d rather buy.p1000975.JPG

Terry Breen did a great narration that started at 6 AM. She’s been around 39 times, and this is only the second time that the weather has been this calm and that time not as lovely as this, sunny, with hardly a ripple in the water. Last year at this time there were 75 mile an hour winds and 30 foot waves. The other calm transit, the passengers loaded up on Dramamine in anticipation of rough seas and most slept through the passage. They missed a memorable experience. For me, this once in a lifetime happening was simply thrilling.

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Actually the most traveled route, the Beagle Channel which we now will take, can be rougher than the Horn. It was the only route between the seas until a ship discovered the horn, and made the passage. When they got back home, no one believed then and the crew was imprisoned, as it was thought they had somehow beat the Spanish out of their Beagle Channel fee. We’ll go past Ushuaia, again through the Avenue of the Glaciers, then turn north and travel the Chilean Fjords. At the moment 7 cormorants are keeping pace with the ship as they fly right outside my cabin balcony.

As strange as it may seem, I am hoping for a bit of rough water.

As usual I had lunch in La Veranda, or the Lido as it is called on many ships. The service is incomparable. The water glass is never empty, plates are removed quickly, and wine just keeps on coming. The buffet is not a large area, but has various choices, many of which change each day. Count on great salad makings, good soup, and tasty entrees. And just try to stop someone from the wait staff from taking your plate (or plates) to a table of your choice.

After all that good food, I try to walk every day, but I don’t always succeed. I do, however, take the stairs. Well, most of the time. The elevators at my end of the ship, towards the bow, are glass and lovely both inside and out. It’s fun to watch the floors go by as you ride up, so it’s hard to pass them by.

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We spent most of the late afternoon re-cruising the Avenue of Glaciers, and going further west then where we had originally joined that part of the Beagle Channel. This is the most beautiful place I have ever experienced. Snow capped mountains, waterfalls, secret coves, glaciers, and even an occasional beach flow by my balcony. What a treat to be here.

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Talking about treats, it’s snack time….cheeses and dried fruit today. Ah, a bit of Chardonnay, some cheese, and the world passes by my window.

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