Antarctic Fox
The log of Rachel and Kevin Fox's trip to the Antarctic Peninsula in the Summer of 2008-9
Day 5: Mouth of The Gullet
December 30 - Just North of The Gullet, the Antarctic Peninsula

After warming up in the sauna from our polar plunge, we freed the ship from the ice floe we'd grounded upon (is it still called grounding when it's a 10 mile wide table of drifting sea ice you've attached yourself to?) and ventured southward (ever southward).

The ice was remarkably broken up for this far south and this early in the Summer, and the daily satellite ice charts showed that a transit through The Gullet might be possible, but that would wait for another day. Today we would sail closer to the narrow constriction of the Gullet and stare in wonder at the completely placid conditions and clear skies that are such a rarity in these parts.

Leaving Behind a Smile

Leaving Behind a Smile - The ice flow we did our polar plunge from looks rather alone but happy as we leave it with a smile that some of the crew made in the snow. You can see the heavily trod path to the edge where the ladder used to be for the plunge. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Happy Feet make Happy Faces

Happy Feet make Happy Faces - A member of the crew made his own fun while we were preparing for our polar plunge - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Leaving Our Mark

Leaving Our Mark - The dent left by our boat in the ice flow that we got ourselves stuck in (on purpose) so we could easily disembark for our polar plunge. Some of the crew marked out a smily face and some words in the snow on the ice flow. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Antarctic Parking

Antarctic Parking - Vacating the gouge we made when we parked in the ice floe. No money needed for the meter! - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Beautiful Backdrop

Beautiful Backdrop - Another photo of Kevin and I in Antarctica. I really can't tell if this is one that we took holding out the camera or if Rob took this one for us. I think Rob took it, but both happened in this time and I'm not sure which one we picked. I'm going to go ahead and credit Rob with this masterpiece!!! Thank you Rob!!! - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Land Ho!

Land Ho! - A rare outcropping of bare rock amidst the sea ice and distant glaciers. - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Exploring

Exploring - The front of our boat, heading towards the mouth of the Gullet in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Reflective Calm

Reflective Calm - Another tunnel vision photo created by using a DX wide angle lens on a full frame D700 camera. I love the reflection of the sun in the water and the calm of the scenery. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Baby Mountain, Meet Grandpa

Baby Mountain, Meet Grandpa - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Cloudbreaker

Cloudbreaker - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Painting with Clouds

Painting with Clouds - Another one of the amazingly beautiful scenes in Antarctica. No color has been touched up at all, this is exactly how it looked. Sometimes I still can't believe that is true though. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Our Ripples

Our Ripples - The ripples of our boat disturbing the elegant calm of this antarctic pass. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Water, in all its forms

Water, in all its forms - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Iceberg Blues

Iceberg Blues - A huge iceberg in the distance and reflected on the water. Antarctic scenes. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Icebreaker

Icebreaker - You can see the trail of a seal on the ice, and if you look closely, you can see the seal between the floes. - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Scattered Ice on the Water

Scattered Ice on the Water - Antarctic oceanscape! So beautiful! - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Taking the Shot

Taking the Shot - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Cloud  Puff and Sun Sparkles

Cloud Puff and Sun Sparkles - Antarctica heading toward the mouth of the gullet. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Tunnel of Icebergs

Tunnel of Icebergs - Icebergs off the bow! Heading toward the mouth of the gullet. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Brush Strokes

Brush Strokes - Near the mouth of the gullet in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Sun vs. Ice

Sun vs. Ice - View from the bow of our boat as we travel towards the gullet. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Blowfish

Blowfish - This is the skin of a blowfish that our captain, Martin bought from a fisherman on an island somewhere. Such a beautiful centerpiece for dinner. I'm glad that blowfish was not on the menu though. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Blowfish for dinner?

Blowfish for dinner? - One of the beautiful table setting put out for our wonderful dinners on the Hanse Explorer. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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After dinner it was starting to get late, but we had one more big adventure ahead of us to cap the day. Next up: Ice Camping!

Read the next chapter: Day 5: Ice Camping


Table of Contents:

Introduction: Telling the Story posted Jan 10, 2009

Day 0: Positioning posted Jan 12, 2009

Leaving, on a jet plane posted Jan 12, 2009

Day 1: The Herc posted Jan 15, 2009

Day 1: Penguino posted Jan 16, 2009

Day 2: Chicken posted Jan 17, 2009

Day 2: Leopard posted Jan 19, 2009

Day 2: Snow Day posted Jan 22, 2009

Day 2: Shipwreck posted Jan 26, 2009

Day 2: Totally Tabular posted Jan 27, 2009

Day 3: Gentoo Cute posted Jan 29, 2009

Day 3: Lichen Shag Glacier posted Feb 3, 2009

Day 3: Palmer Station Visit posted Feb 9, 2009

Day 4: Icy Penguins posted Feb 11, 2009

Day 4: Adelie Awesome posted Feb 15, 2009

Day 4: Leopard Seal Attack posted Feb 17, 2009

Day 4: Kayak posted Feb 19, 2009

Day 4: Vernadsky Station Visit posted Feb 23, 2009

Day 4: Vernadsky Sunset posted Feb 25, 2009

Day 5: Antarctic Circle posted Feb 27, 2009

Day 5: Polar Plunge posted Mar 5, 2009

» Day 5: Mouth of The Gullet posted Mar 13, 2009

Day 5: Ice Camping posted Mar 18, 2009

Day 6: Flamingos on Ice posted Mar 20, 2009

Day 6: Mountain Climbing posted Mar 24, 2009

Day 6: Ice Textures posted Mar 26, 2009

Day 6: Antarctic New Years posted Apr 2, 2009

Day 7: Crystal Sound Icebreaker posted Apr 9, 2009

Day 7: Abandoned Antarctica: Base W - Part 1 posted Apr 17, 2009

Day 7: Abandoned Antarctica: Base W - Part 2 posted Apr 21, 2009

Day 8: Bird Watching in the Fish Islands posted Apr 23, 2009

Day 8: Icee Day - Part 1 posted May 5, 2009

Day 8: Icee Day - Part 2 posted May 11, 2009

Day 9: Port Lockroy - Base A posted May 20, 2009

Bonus Chapter: Baby Penguins! posted May 21, 2009

Day 9: Antarctic Humpback Whales posted June 3, 2009

Day 9: Dallmann Butt Sliding posted June 11, 2009

Day 10: Birthday Whales posted June 23, 2009

Day 10: Hannah Point Part 1: The Birds posted July 15, 2009

Day 10: Hannah Point Part 2: Elephant Seals posted July 22, 2009

Day 10: Deception Island - Part 1: Walking on the Moon posted Dec 11, 2009

Day 10: Deception Island - Part 2: The Martian Chronicles of Oz posted Dec 15, 2009

Day 11: Emperor Penguins posted Jan 8, 2010

Day 12: Black and White and Pink All Over posted Aug 4, 2011

More chapters posted every few days...



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