16 Nov 2015

Expedition To South Georgia Island by Maureen

19/23

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The Ortelius docked in Ushuaia sometime earlier this morning. Ted's wake-up call/morning announcements let us know that it's about 45F outside and a bit overcast, but the view is wonderful. I'm getting ready for the day and finishing packing my luggage. Breakfast should be announced any minute now -- our last meal with the group :-(

Top photo: Ushuaia from the dock
Bottom photo: Ushuaia from the other side of the ship/dock

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So after a nice last breakfast, everyone gathered their luggage and made their way off the ship and onto their respective buses -- some heading for the airport, some heading for hotels. Most of the staff who are staying extra nights in Ushuaia are staying at a different hotel than our expedition participants -- it's a little less fancy, but has a ton of charm. We arrived at the hotel, dropped off our luggage, were able to grab a pastry and coffee, and sit for a few minutes in the common area.

Top photo: Lom, the hotel dog
Middle photo: Mural on the street the hotel is on
Bottom photo: Gina showering in our windowed shower :-)

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After dropping our luggage off, we grabbed a couple taxis to take us up to Glacier Martial. Ted and Tim brought their skis and went up the mountain with that purpose. Pauline, Gina, Irene, and I went to hike and so we did. At other times of the year, our hiking road is a ski slope with a magnificent view of the bay below and mountains towering above. Most of the hike was on the ground, though a fair bit was trudging through the snow. Lucky for us, we all had our various cold-weather layers packed away and brought them out as the wind picked up. We saw several pretty species of bird -- Gina and Pauline knew some, Joe, who we met up with later, knew the rest.

We gals tried to hike up to the saddle region on one of the mountains, but the snow pack got really slippery and it wasn't worth making it to the top, especially considering the views we were already taking in.

Top photo: Gina, Irene, and Pauline hiking up the hill
Middle photo: The gals walking across the bridge as we hit the snow line
Bottom photo: Looking back from the bridge