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A day in the Argos

Posted by Robbie Turney, December 23, 2013

Today was absolutely stunning. This was the day we got a full on drive in the Argos, along the fast ice and straight to the continent. It was very enjoyable, possibly the most fun I’ve ever had outdoors before. The ride was really bumpy and we were going up and down getting some jumps when at full speed.

Getting onto the Argo was a bit rushed I have to say. They had people assigned to be in each convoy. But when one of the Argos got flooded, the numbers of people in each convoy went down. I was supposed to be in the third convoy which didn’t have assigned people, except one person decided not to go on the second, so there was one space open. They called out my friend Pat a couple of times yet he didn’t answer. So I was brought in on the last half minute. I rushed to put on my Antarctic clothes but missed the Zodiac onto shore by a couple of seconds. Luckily Greg came back to pick up the Skiers and me with them. That was how I got to the second convoy.

Once we got to the continent we saw a massive towering rock that was home to a colony of Adelie Penguins which were all laying on their eggs. This made great photos but they were pretty aggressive  because of it.

But that pretty much wraps it up for the day. And out to Donovan in Switzerland, I’m glad you’re enjoying the blogs.

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