During dinner we were rolling so much that the view out the window shifted from looking straight down at the water to staring up in the sky. It looked like we were about to roll over in the big waves. I had to hold on to the table with one hand and eat with the other. My chair nearly tipped over several times. A wooden multi slot beverage holder was added to the table décor to keep our drinks plus the salt and pepper holders from flying off the table.
The serving staff brought us soup from the buffet since it was difficult to walk. When the ship rolled toward me, while I was walking, I felt like I weighed 500 pounds and could barely lift my legs. When the ship rolled in the direction that I was walking, I felt like I could set a new world record in the hundred yard dash. I stepped gently from hand hold to hand hold like I was climbing a ladder.
Spent the day catching up my journal and standing on the deck looking for wildlife. Hourglass Dolphins bow rode many times during the day. I could see them underwater and tried to time a photograph as they leaped out of the water to breathe. Once while watching the dolphins 3 South Bottlenose Whale's surfaced near the ship.
11/8/09 At Sea
Slept well last night. I am getting my sea legs and the Scop Patch is working.
I spent a lot of time on the deck today learning the Antarctic birds. In addition to our official ornithologist, we have Lynn Cross from Polar Cruises in Bend and Wade & Karen Harris from Ontario, Canada. I met Wade and Karen on the trip. They all can identify the birds from a great distance and they are usually on deck, so there is an expert nearby.
Graham warned us in a briefing that South Georgia tomorrow is likely to be cold, wet, and windy. He gave a show on his 2005 19 day kayak circumnavigation of South Georgia. Great photos and an exciting story.
We may not be traveling in kayaks or sleeping in tents, but our trip is an expeditionary adventure because nature controls our itinerary and we land on uninhabited shores among wild animals. Those animals include bull Elephant Seals that way over 5 tons and Fur Seals that are just plain mean. We also make shore landings by motorized rafts (Zodiacs) sitting just inches from freezing waters and exposed to wind, snow, and icebergs.