It did seem a little strange, I had to admit, to decide to travel to someplace so far away and expensive to get to, only a month in advance (although later I was to meet even more spontaneous folks who decided to go a week ahead of time and had no warm clothes with them). But there was a half off sale, I wanted to see the 7th continent, and so I went.
I went on this ship.
|I took this from one of the zodiacs. You can see a zodiac loading at the bottom of the gangway.|
"Can you walk there?" I asked the front desk man at the hotel. "Oh no, you need a taxi," he said, looking concerned. So for 55 pesos I was deposited at a ski area with a small chairlift. Some people take the lift up, but I walked to the trailhead, saving a few pesos. I hiked to the edge of the glacier in lightly falling snow, and then to a panoramic point from where you can look down on the town and the Beagle Channel.
|Looking down at the port of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel|
|My room on the ship. Note the life jacket in case we needed to abandon ship. I paid half price for the room and didn't have to share it.|
|Last sight of land for awhile|
|Seas are pretty calm here, but for awhile the ship rocked and rolled a lot|