After a good night sleep last night, I was ready to go ashore and take lots of photos today. After the past day and a half of go go go and having to be on a time schedule all of the time, I just wanted to relax and do what I want! Many that went camping came back and took a nap, I just pretended that it was a school day and hit the coffee machine and kept pressing the coffee chocolate button! In the morning, we went to Neko Bay where the majority of the boat got off to take a snow shoe hike. The hike was quit4e steep after you hit the first penguin rookery so Christine and I both decided to come back down and just watch how the penguins interacted with each other. Their eggs should be hatching hopefully within the next week or two. Something interesting about penguin eggs is that they sit on two eggs. One is the main egg, while the other is a half egg. So if something happens to the first egg such as a bird snatching it, they have this half egg that they then will focus on to hopefully have a little baby penguin.
Towards the end of this morning session, we knew a polar plunge was going to be offered so I wore my bathing suit. I felt I would be a totally hypocrite if I didn’t jump in when I have always said I would never do the polar plunge in the Susquehanna river, but I would do it if I ever traveled to the actual polar regions. Well today was the day – strip down to a bathing suit and jump in the coldest waters in the world. Christine and I both went in together. We ran in to the freezing cold water until we were up to our necks in it. I refused to put my head under the water since apparently the cold water in ears isn’t that great for you. Running out they would hand you a towel that was about half of the size that I wanted. Drying off I made sure to get my core covered first with a thermal base and vest – but I totally regret not putting on my socks next. My toes were one of the last covered and they were tingling so bad! There were about 20 of us that ran into the water. Luckily they put us on the first zodiac back so we could get into a hot shower. To be honest, once I had on all of my clothes I was completely warmed up and wasn’t in a super big rush to get a hot shower.
After lunch we went to Waterboat Station which is an active Chilean Station that has some of their Air Force members there 4 months of the year. I’m going to call this Shit Station. You must have really irritated someone to get stationed here! You could not walk around without going through TONS of penguin poop. It smelled horrible. Originally I was not going to get off since I was super tired and there were no hikes available, but once they said you could get your passport stamped, I was standing in line for the next Zodiac. They also had souvenirs and post cards to send, but when they “sell out of post cards” you might want to plan ahead! They charged $15 to buy and send a post card – are you serious! If you brought your own post card it cost $10 to send. Not happening. No shot glass there L
It was so nice to just relax tonight after dinner now that I don’t have any more “planned” activities at night. Time to edit lots of photos over the past 2 days and get caught up on everything!