Although we saw a whale today, it was too far away to be identified. Earlier in the trip, we saw a pod of killer whales and a pod of dolphins.
12.13.2007 - 12.13.2007
Today was a quiet day cruising up the Strait of Magellan from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas where we will disembark from the ship tomorrow.
We spent some time doing "administrative" tasks, like finding out what bus we leave on tomorrow, what time our plane will fly out, when we can get our passports, and what is the total of our final on-board bill. Aside from that, we spent time sitting in the seventh deck lounge just reading or
cross-stitching, playing cards, and visiting with other folks we've come to know over the past three weeks.
Occasionally, we stepped outside to snap some pictures of the mountains that line the shore. There was one exciting moment in the afternoon when we sailed past a shipwreck (from the 1960's) and a whale was sighted at the same time. We saw it break the surface and watched it's tail rise and then slide below the surface — but too fast for a photo!
This evening was the "captain's dinner". Champagne was provided for all; the captain and some crew members said a few words. There was plenty of applause for all. Our dinner features medallions of red deer.
By 10:30 p.m., our bags were packed and set outside of our cabin door to be picked up and sent to the airport. We turned in early, because we have one last Patagonian field trip tomorrow, so we'll be up at 5 a.m.