Yesterday was our scheduled return to Punta Arenas, Chile, but because of some heavy ice and a brief detour from our planned route, we are a few days behind. We're now scheduled to get to port in Chile at 10:00 AM local time on Sunday, March 29. Our journey home beyond that is still not clear, but we know we will be able to stay safe on the ship (actually, staying on the ship is our only choice - we can't even set foot on land or we will lose our quarantined status) for as long as we need to.
I haven't been updating the blog that often lately because we are done with science and because my students are no longer in the classroom and because I'm not sure everyone wants to read escapist Antarctica tales. I'm going to share a few of my favorite photos from Tuesday's transit through the Gerlache Strait - it was definitely the prettiest part of our trip - and then maybe officially pause the blog until we know how we are getting home. Another reason - on Tuesday evening, we moved into the Drake PassageStrait, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans between Tierra del Fuego and the South Shetland Islands. Located about 100 mi (160 km) north of the Antarctic Peninsula, it is 600 mi (1,000 km) wide., where the water has sometimes been rough, and at other times also rough, so I feel like puking more than I feel like writing.