(Naut.) A sailers cry upon sighting land, and we did just this today. More later.
The strong winds that we had all day yesterday dropped over night and we awoke to much calmer seas. An indication that we had come north, past the Antarctic Convergence, was that the air temperature had risen to 12°C.
Although we didn't want this, our last day cruising on the Fram, to come, it inevitably did. This meant that everyone was busy packing and saying goodbye to all the friends we have made over the last 3 weeks spent on board.
Never deterred, our staff made several presentations today, on topics such as climate change, the Scott-Amundsen race, the Andes and Patagonia and the surrounding area.
In the middle of the afternoon, the unmistakable smell of Southern Beech wafting in the northerly breeze was apparent. Soon after we sighted land- the island archipelago south of Tierra del Fuego.
A special hi to my 5th - 6th Grade class with Dagmara at Chugach Optional Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska and to my 7th grade Algebra Friends with Ms. Poole at Central Middle School of Science, from Tristan.