I'd originally thought I might lose some weight during this trip on account of all the exercise we've been getting, but I wouldn't be surprised if I'm actually heavier when I go home. The ship is feeding us very very well. It's a blessing and a curse.
Our morning hike today was around Ainsworth Bay. I donned my Timberland hiking boots that my grandma bought me (and for which only Ashley gave me props -- the rest of you were too occupied with Jimmy Choos and the like
), and we boarded the zodiac to go ashore.
It was an easy picturesque hike, although, admittedly, neither Mr. Monkey nor I was terribly impressed. As you know, we are obsessed with animals, and we had little interest in learning about flora. Sorry, plant lovers. We are all about the fauna.
Finally, we spotted some fauna -- elephant seals in the distance, to be exact. The elephant seals, however, were mere specks to the naked eye, and even my zoom couldn't do that much better.
At the end of the morning hike, we had our choice of hot chocolate or...whisky! Our ship is full of lushes; it's open bar, 24-7.
Then back onboard we went.
Our afternoon excursion was to Tucker Island, home to more Magellanic penguins (I never tire of these guys), skuas (birds of prey that eat my beloved penguins), geese, and cormorants.
So far, it's been fun, but the wildlife is not nearly as amazing as that of the Galapagos Islands, which is teeming with exotic indigenous fauna. Of course, this is Patagonia. Far fewer animals can survive in this climate. The scenery is extraordinary here, though, and there is nowhere else where you can have such comfortable access to a glacial wonderland.
On a somewhat related note, Mr. Monkey has been reading a brochure about expeditions to Antarctica. He is crazy.
Please bring me home a penguin!!!ReplyDelete
ooh! then you can die saying you've hit up every continent.ReplyDelete
i hate birds but love penguins.
Huh, now I see those hiking boots. They're still nothing comparing to the Jimmy Choos though :)ReplyDelete
MH would be jealousE at the red label. but I'm jealousE seeing the penguins!ReplyDelete
Why does one have to choose? Whiskey IN hot chocolate would be the obvious choice.ReplyDelete
you went with whiskey, i just know it.ReplyDelete
and i'm guessing that antarctica would be a solo expedition for mr monkey?
I had no idea you liked penguins so much.ReplyDelete
How cold is it there? I'm assuming you NEEDED the whiskey to keep up the body temp, right?ReplyDelete
the only thing I like more than fashion is whiskey. I would love to peep elephant seals and penguinos and then booze. A total dream.ReplyDelete
I NEEDS YOUR VACATION!!!!
dying a slow death at work,
penguins everywhere! Seriously looks so amazing :)ReplyDelete
I love that you were offered hot chocolate or whiskey for breakfast. I bet the whiskey really enhanced the sites for the day :) When did you ever talk about hiking boots? ;)ReplyDelete
Antartica is great - my cousin and aunt went - they actually did both North and South poles( not on the same trip) - I think you would like it!!ReplyDelete
That one penguin looks like he wants a hug. Awwww. :)ReplyDelete
I'm LMAO at the fact that you had to choose between hot chocolate or whisky... nice hiking boots.ReplyDelete
Oooooh again the penguins are so damn C.U.T.E.! Can you please bring a flock of them home, then we can all have one? Sounds like you are enjoying your trip very much!ReplyDelete