Antarctic Fox
The log of Rachel and Kevin Fox's trip to the Antarctic Peninsula in the Summer of 2008-9
Day 9: Dallmann Butt Sliding
January 3 - Dallmann Bay, the Antarctic Peninsula

Last excursion of the day and everyone was beat from the two earlier events on top of our regular constant on the go. So when this third opportunity came up only about half the family went out. Kevin opted for rest and stayed at home. I on the other hand dragged myself out as usual because I just couldn't conceive of missing anything no matter how tired I was. You just never know what you might find.

This time our stop was the Melchior Islands in the center of Dallmann Bay. There was a group of nesting gentoo penguins here, a beautiful glacier and a rather large hill to climb and slide down. The sliding down was not so easy for me. I am pretty much a big chicken when it comes to these things and it took a lot of encourangement and goading and patience from Rob before I gave myself a push and slid down the steep slope on my butt. It was fun, but I shrieked a lot!! Overall a beautiful and fun stop for streching your legs and enjoying the penguins.

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As we were leaving we noticed a Weddell seal soaking just off the coast. It was cute! Apparently the peguins could not tell it was a Weddell though, or were not willing to chance it because as soon as it headed toward the end of the beach where they were bathing and lounging they all took off for higher grounds. Not that I blame them, it is good to stay alive!

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Exhausted, we come to the end of Day 9. We couldn't believe time had gone by so fast or that there were only three days left. We were having the most amazing time of our lives and yet we were getting to the point we were starting to look forward to going home too. But lets not get ahead of ourselves, there are still a few more adventures to be had. The first one starting tomorrow when we make a detour from our plan because Rachel said she wanted to see Elephant seals. Elephant seals are not all we got...

Read the next chapter: Day 10: Birthday Whales


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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