People often ask "Don't you miss Christmas?" My answer is that I have never "missed" a Christmas, I have one every year! The truth is, that after being on the ship for near 20 days the people I work with are like my family and the guests my friends. I had Christmas with 100 people this year! The trip had been one for the record books in terms of wildlife and weather; everyone was so happy making for a most merry Christmas.
|In Antarctica, Santa drives a zodiac, not a sleigh.|
After spending Christmas morning at Deception we sailed north to another island in the South Shetlands called Half Moon Island. As we sailed all of the One Ocean staff as well as Paula and I did our secret Santa around the Christmas tree in the lobby. It was really fun to watch everyone open their gifts...and then scramble to get dressed for our next excursion!
As the winds started gusting to over 45 mph we knew it was time to leave. We had completed our final count and it was time to sail north through the Drake Passage once again on our way back to Ushuaia. It was a wonderful Christmas day that ended on a more somber note as we cleaned our gear for the final time and said good bye to Antarctica.