The continuation of a childhood dream

Another guest article by Walter, one of our biggest supporters:

Hello and welcome back, Everybody. It seams, that some of you enjoyed the first part of my travelouge, why you are reading this, that you have decided to follow the second part too. That pleases me very much, thanks for that.

At the end of the first leg of our trip around the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula, called Graham Land, we were heading to the first stopover on Marambio Base, the largest argentine Research Station. For this purpose, we cross the Antarctic Peninsula from west to east over the ice-covered Avery Plateau, about 6’600 feet high and 40 miles long.

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On height of the Exasperation Inlet, we are reaching the east coast. The Inlet got this name because of serious difficulties in traversing this place during mapping works in 1947.

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Not far away is located Matienzo Base, another argentine Research Station, on a small Island which was surrounded by the Larsen Shelf Ice Field A until the late 1980’s. We will have a short stopover there on our return flight.

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About 30 nm before Marambio, during the descent, we are passing James Ross Island, located off the shore of Trinity Peninsula, the northernmost part of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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On this Island was the first documented detection of dinosaur’s fossils in the Antarctica.

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We are already on the approach to Marambio Base. Here, in the year 1969, was built the first landing track in the Antarctica. Marambio Base is also called “Antarctica’s Entrance Door”.

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Touch down on Runway 06…

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…and breaking.

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We are taxiing off the runway…

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…passing the tower…

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…and arriving the parking site.

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Meanwhile, it is almost noon. The argentine employees have their day off, because it is Sunday today, so they invited us for lunch.

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After an absolute delicious and very copious meal, the Argentines have invited us to visit their Research Station.

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Good idea! A little digestive walk in the surroundings is exactly the right thing before journey on.

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As you see, there are many ways to go in the nearer or farer neighborhood.

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After the sightseeing tour through Marambio, it would be, actually, time to move on. No chance! The Argentines have invited us to stay also for supper. Because we do not want to be impolite, we have accepted, and because some of us are already hungry again.

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For that reason our onward flight will be delayed and I can only report in the third part about it. Until then, we have time to digest the supper, which was no lesser extensively than lunch.

So I hope that you will again be with aboard then.

Cheers, Walter