After flights to Seattle and Dallas, most of us met for the first time in Santiago, Chile and hung out in the United State Antarctic program (USAP) field office before our final connecting flight to Punta Arenas.
A one-night stay at Hotel Diego De Almagro before we boarded our Antarctic Science Research Vessel (ARSV) the Laurence M. Gould.
While waiting for our departure, we got outfitted in our Extreme Climate Weather (ECW) gear at the USAP warehouse located at the docks where the LM Gould was docked.
Limited internet access meant we took some time to explore the town of Punta Arenas in search of local cuisine and WiFi. Punta Arenas is a small town gateway to adventurers wandering further into the Patagonia region of Chile and/or Antarctica. We managed to try some local cuisine at restaurants (Lomitos) and did the traditional toe rub at the Statue of Magellan in the centre square.
There are also plenty of ‘panhandlers’ in Punta Arenas. All are of the four-legged and furry variety and desperately crave your affection and a head scratch.
Jackson W.F. Chu
Jackson is a marine biologist, photographer, and dog-owner. This blog will try to be heavy on the photos and light on the text.