We're almost out of the Drake Passage, and it's been a rather average
ride, with about 20 foot swells and 30 knot winds. This kept most people
awake trying to figure out how to either a) protect their heads and feet
from slamming into the head and foot of their bunks, or b) stay in their
bunk. My room has the bunks running bow to stern, so with the roll coming
from the port and rolling starboard, it was a challenge not to be thrown
out of my bunk. My roommate said she tucked her hand/arm under her
mattress (she's in the top bunk). Everyone's pretty sleepy this morning,
though. We'll get to Palmer Station tomorrow morning, but the ride should
get smoother later this afternoon. It's pretty gray out, so no real good
photos to post. I'll post a bunch when we get to Palmer.
Birders would love it here--We saw lots of birds a few days ago, but when
we're in the middle of the Drake, they're hard to come by. We saw
different albatross, petrels, and terns. I'll try to snag some photos
from friends with better cameras than me and post them for those of you
with an interest.