The clearing after the storm was wonderful. We were treated to some spectacular views from Ushuaia - I don't think I have ever experienced it so clear and warm! Mom went on a catamaran trip down the Beagle Channel and I joined five guests on a two hour horseback ride. The ride wound through the Southern Beech forest. Called the Lenga, the tree shares its roots not with the beeches of North America, but rather with a group of species found primarily in New Zealand and Australia, dating back from the era of the Gondwana Supercontinent (~200 million years ago). The ride ended on a beach along the Beagle Channel, of course named after the ship the "Beagle" that carried Charles Darwin on his voyages throughout South America.
We got away from Ushuaia at 1:30, making the O'Brien Canal around 4:30. Conditions were still perfect for wonderful views of the glaciers. Luqui and I provided commentary from the bridge, as we sailed past the glaciers.
|Entrance to the O'Brien Canal from the Beagle Channel.|
|Glaciers are named after countries. This is Holland Glacier.|
|This one is Italia.|
|Sail boat in front of Italia.|
|Expedition Leader, Robin West and the Captain in the Bridge.|
|Head on shot of the Romania glacier.|
|Ushuaia from the dock. The Quest on the left and the silver sea on the right.|
|View back towards Ushaia.|
|Riding along the beach.|
|The Beagle channel and horse.|