Antarctic Fox
The log of Rachel and Kevin Fox's trip to the Antarctic Peninsula in the Summer of 2008-9
Day 6: Flamingos on Ice
December 31 - Just North of The Gullet, the Antarctic Peninsula

Waking up the next morning in our icy wilderness was incredible. To begin with I should state: no we were not cold! If anything we were a bit overheated with our layers and awesome sleeping bag. Additionally we did have a sleeping mat so comfort was good. Sadly we did not hear any hear any Weddell seals under the ice. I did hear something, but I believe it was the ice floe bumping another ice flow or something because it was more of a reverberation than anything else. This was the best night of sleep I had the entire trip so far (maybe totally). Kevin didn't sleep badly either.

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We were woken to the sound of Tim's voice. This was something we were becoming accustomed too, but without his PA system on the boat it was much more relaxing. Tim "knocked" on our tent door. Rise and shine with a thermos of hot chocolate at the door of the tent. Perfect wake up. As we climbed out of the tent Tim informed us that our ice floe had traveled 2.5 miles while we slept, a fact which kind of blew our minds. Happily the night crew kept our boat following our ice floe and they were right there to pick us up.

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While we had a lovely hot cocoa wake-up, Tim was not quite so lucky as a small group of crabeater seals decided to take a rest on our ice floe right beside Tim's tent. They came up from the water barking and flopping around, which is when poor Tim woke up with the seals just a few feet (and a tent flap) away. After we packed up the insides of our tents we trudged over to visit those rude seals before heading back to the boat. I kept my appropriate distance, but they still were not always too happy with my paying them any attention.

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Finally loaded up and back on the boat we headed out and further south!

Read the next chapter: Day 6: Mountain Climbing


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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