These early morning wake up calls are for the penguins – I really just want to sleep in. 6:45 we got the announcement to get up and be at breakfast in 15 minutes. Yet again we all got to the table looking like zombies and just wanting to go back to bed. We headed to Port Lockroy, the British research station, that 4 women work at mainly as a small conservation effort to keep the museum up and running. Only 60 people could be on the small island at once and a max of 30 in the museum. We had to do a split landing again so half of the people went to an island right around the corner as the other half went to buy souvenirs, look at the museum and ask a million questions to the ladies working there. They had a post box there so I sent 3 post cards, one to myself, one to my parents and one to Blake, however I wrote down the wrong address – I put 351 instead of 359 whoops. It takes between 4-8 weeks to get there, but hopefully at least one of them will arrive with from the penguin post. The post cards will go to one of the ships going to another station. Then they are flown to the UK, go through the British mail system and then to our houses.
On our way to Enterprise Bay, we found out that there were already 2 ships there so we had to keep continuing through the Graham Passage. I was just sitting in the front seats of the lounge and then all of a sudden I see a blow up ahead so I took my camera outside. I had taken a nap through the last humpback whale sightings so I was ready to take some photos. There was about 15 whales all surrounding us so we just turned off all of the motors, everyone was out on the decks and we just took it all in. You know its good when the captain and his mates grab their cameras and come out on the decks in awe. Some of the whales would pop up their heads as they were coming up to eat all of the crill. You could tell where many of the whales would come up due to all of the birds sitting right one the surface at that area. When you see 4 humpbacks fluking all at the same time you literally just sit back and go WOW!!! We had originally planned on going to go do a landing and zodiac cruise later, but we were all so happy with seeing the whales for the 1.5 hours just eating all around our boat so peacefully.
Dinner tonight was our Christmas dinner. They staff had everything decorated so nice. It was going to be 6 courses – going hungry on this trip has not happened at all. We started off with tuna tartar, garlic prawns, and steamed mussels. This was followed by mushroom soup and truffle oil that I didn’t eat. The main course was prime beef filet, asparagus and potato gratin. The dessert buffet had eclairs and baked Alaska ice cream cake. We had some strong Irish coffee and petit fours. We were stuffed! They really made it festive for us. We actually celebrated our big meal on Christmas Eve since tomorrow we will be starting to go back out to the Drake passage and they didn’t want us to get sick right away, so this allowed all of us to enjoy it! During dinner, each of the nationalities sang Silent Night in their own language which was really pretty and festive. Everyone was in the holiday spirit. Tonight the party continued at the bar for quite some time. There is something to be said having drinks at 1am and it is still light outside, you don’t realize what time it is to actually go to bed. Can’t wait to wake up for Christmas tomorrow!!