02/05/2009 48 °F
January 30 & 31, 2009, Straits of Magellen & Chilean Fjords, Chile. We need to catch up on posting information of our travels. After leaving Ushuaia, Argentina, we sailed the Straits of Magellan, a passageway ranging from a couple of miles wide to possibly half a mile or less wide. Here we went by glaciers, both large and small. The sky was overcast and it was later in the evening before sunset, so the typical blue color of glaciers was not as prominent as it could have been. There were very beautiful, even though only a few extended to the water line. We could see the impact of global warming as several of the glaciers had noticeable recession from the water line leaving the scours of former ice flow on barren rock. The most impressive glacier had a waterfall from its front face down to the water. The sound from it was easily heard from the ship. After the glaciers, our travels were through scenic mountainous wilderness sailing the Straits of Magellan to the Pacific Ocean. The next day, we entered the Chilean fjords. This was a day of scenic beauty, passing many islands, and sailing though many channels. By afternoon, we were out in the Pacific again, heading north to the next port of call, Valparaiso, Chile. Len.