Sunday, December 12, 2010

The End of the World

Punta Arenas is a port and the southern most continental city in the world. It is the access gate to the Southern Region also known as "the end of the world".
Dan and I sailed through the Straits of Magellan from Ushuaia Argentina to Punta Arenas many years ago. On the last night of the voyage the ship's doctor gave everyone seasick pills after dinner and when we returned to our cabin on the third deck above sea level we notice that everything was safely stowed away. We knew we were in for an exciting night and we were not disappointed. We were awakened in the night by waves crashing over the third deck and water pouring in under our door. All our belongings were sliding across the floor and our bed had become a roller coaster. The captain tried three times to navigate a turn into the Pacific Ocean before being successful and when we finally arrived in Punta Arenas a lot of the roof tops were missing from the storm.
On this trip if a good weather window opens the family is given an hours notice before being picked up for the airport for their flight to Patriot Hills in Antarctica. After our sailing adventure in the area I understand why that weather window can't be missed.

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