We are currently docked in Half Moon Bay. I woke up to a Christmas bag of gifts outside of my room from the boats staff. They gave us this large chocolate Christmas tree with Merry Christmas in many languages imprinted in it, a card that actually had a personalized message, and a Santa Claus Hat. This trip has been amazing with making sure we still feel like we can celebrate Christmas. Some of the people I eat with each day, their parents had put gifts in their luggage to open today – fun earrings, a big Christmas tie, everyone is so festive! The best part…It’s a WHITE CHRISTMAS. It is snowing for the first time since I have been here!
Half Moon Bay had a colony of chin strap penguins. They kept running zodiac shuttles until 11am which was nice because we didn’t have to be ready by the original 8:30 in the morning. So with the extra time I was able to do my nails and get ready casually compared to the go go go that I feel it has been the past few days. The island was covered in poop. Seriously I was getting so nauseous looking at all of the colors and the smell that you just wade through. So gross.
I made sure I put my patch on for the trek back – I am not wanting to experience any type of sea sickness tomorrow when we start heading back through the Drake tonight.
After a short nap we went back out to Richards Island where there were going to be lots of elephant seals. Getting on to shore there were baby elephant seals that kept playing with each other. A short walk and we walked to the other side of the bay where there was adult elephant seals and baby Gento penguins. The elephant seals are so massive – they were making every type of bodily function noise that Christine and I were starting to get sick from the how it was sounding. This was our last landing. The baby Gento penguins were much larger than the ones we had seen in the past 2 days due to it being warmer than the other islands further south. It was very entertaining to watch the elephant seals that somehow got up to this rookery way up top annoying all of the penguins.
Dinner was around 6 tonight because they didn’t want to us to get sick once we get back into open seas. I think all of us were in bed by 7:30. I slept a good 11 hours – it has just been so go go go with getting dressed, undressed, everything my body was saying please let me sleep. Around 9 Louise called Christine to give her back the ICE teddy bear that we had put inside the Christmas tree peeking out during recap. Whoops!
It is very obvious as I write this in bed, we are not going to be experiencing the Drake Lake but instead the Drake Shake. I can't fall asleep because the boat keeps rocking so much I keep hitting the wall. It's going to be a long night!