After a late morning dropoff at
several dozen of us retraced Shackleton's Walk to Stromness -
here's the official South Georgia map.
Recall that Shackleton had been trapped on the ice for many months
after watching his ship get crushed, then traveled 800 miles across open ocean
from Elephant Island (thanks to Frank Worsley's amazing celestial navigation),
and after landing on South Georgia in May 1916, than had to do a
36 hour hike through the South Georgia Mountains using primitive gear ...
with Winter weather setting in!
Fortunately, we didn't have it that rough as we re-traced the final
four miles (and ~1,000 vertical feet) of his trek to arrive at the
now deserted whaling village of Stromness, South Georgia.
This was truly an amazing day ... although there were a so many
fantastic days on our trip. The weather was gorgeous as we
followed the last part of Shackleton's hike ... and stood
where he heard the first sign of civilization (the whistle from the
whaling station) and subsequent view of Stromness.
After dinner on the Ocean Nova (and a quick look at my pictures ;-),
it was an early bed time since
there would be another 5:30AM Zodiac run the next morning to see
almost a million penguins in Saint Andrews Bay, South Georgia!
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