Why Antarctica today? The past few days have been below zero degrees Celsius in Houston and it has felt like Antarctica when outside. Usually Houston is hot and humid but an Arctic Blast headed our way and reached the Gulf of Mexico. Yesterday Houston was closed .... the roads were ice. If you have been to Houston you would understand, but if not let me explain. Houston has a series of Thruways, Beltways, and major highways all with flyovers and exit/entrance ramps, in cold weather these freeze first. Freezing rain started around midnight and the temperature remained below zero, the roads were a dangerous mess. By midday there had been 800 road accidents and four fatalities. These warm weather folks do not know to keep off the road or that you do not see the ice or black ice on the road, many cars went sliding.
It was rough seas sailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but once in the Antarctic region the sea was calm. Penguins, penguins, penguins was what we saw when on land, but different varieties made each stop interesting. Penguins eat krill and their poop stinks, what a shame I cannot share the smells with you. The krill poop also make the snow pink so it is obvious where the penguin rookery is. Our 800 passenger ship was limited to 400 passengers and crew due to the daily personnel limits allowed on land in Antarctica. The Antarctica is a take in/take out area to help preserve it and keep it clean, this is a good thing.