Monday, June 26, 2006

another nice picture of the waves

such a nice day out this day. Posted by Picasa

so there was a few waves

but really, it was warm out and the water was quite refreshing. Posted by Picasa

a few remaining pictures to look back upon.

quick pic of the day... looking out the starboard porthole window. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Getting ready for being out on anchor

The original plan called for our boat to be pulled off the pier and put to anchor about a mile offshore to make way for a larger inbound fishing vessel, but that boat has been delayed and saved us a day from having to go out. so instead of going out yesterday, we are scheduled to take off here in just about an hour or so.

the weather is beginning to sour just a bit with some wind kicking up and grey skies moving in. its a shame as the weather has been SO comfortable for at least a week now. You could hardly call this winter, more like a seasonaly cool fall day in colorado. absolutely fantastic. but, with any luck i will get a taste of some crazy waves while we're on anchor. until next post...

may the wind always be at your backs.


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

tha boot

looking along its starboard aft section with the rescue boots hanging up on the side. Posted by Picasa

another of the sunrise

with a container ship in the middle ground... Posted by Picasa

This morning's sunrise:

today started off with a phenomenal sunrise. The cloud deck was pretty low and consisted of a solid unyeilding gray which was equitably balanced by the sea's mirror likeness of it. And thinly exposed between the two was a band of pink and yellow streaks right at the horizon that lasted for quite a while. It made for some nice pics. Unfortunately however, i was unable to catch pics of the multiple schools of playing dolphins that were within just yards of me. there were so many of them playing aboot right in front of the pier here, that i took a moment to watch their antics. It constituted one of the only times i have listened that closely to the breathing of sea mammals and rally put the icing on the cake for today. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, June 11, 2006

closer up

another shot of the pups Posted by Picasa

Wild Puppies!

These pups follo... well, more like escorted us back to the boat. they were the friendliest dogs i've met. i am sure they were in part motivated by the potential of food, but it was nice to have a canine around even if it was just for a bit. Posted by Picasa

Hotel Noguiera

Up close and personal. This is (for all i know so far) the front entrance to the hotel. Underneath is the pub i mentioned a few pictures below. we went back the other night for more schop (draft beer) and good times (but no great oldies). Posted by Picasa

another pic of the fantastic weather

today was not quite as nice. A heavy fog came through the region today spilling out off the continent and into the sea and swallowing up all the ships. It was pretty dramatic and beaitfully grey. but despite the drama it ended up being very calm with barely no wind at'all and hardly no waves to speak of. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, June 10, 2006

A beautiful day today

2 chilean military boats coming in, or is it going out... not sure. these boats in particular are moving on and off the dock so much that i have lost track. But, they do make for a pretty cool picture. Posted by Picasa

Chile's Ski Season is just weeks away from starting

You too can ski or ride Patagonia for a mere 16$/US per day! that's right... but as this was the first snow of the season, you may want to hold out a little longer. Posted by Picasa

Family Portrait

Good morning everyone, Kim sent this down to me yesterday and i felt compelled to post it up here as the watkins family portrait. enjoi! Posted by Picasa

Friday, June 09, 2006

late breaking news

Starting next Tuesday and lasting until Saturday morning, the NBP will be shoving off the pier and hoisting its anchor off the coast by a couple of miles (going on the hook in maritime terms). Rumor has it that another boat on some other pier has been siezed due to the sudden appearance of 195 unmanifested items on said boat. That being the case, it has been ordered to stay put and is occupying a parking spot that another vessel, currently out at sea on en route to PA, had intended to occupy. This ship will now dock at our pier and necessitating our removal to make room for it. Must be a large boat. I suppose this will constitue my first "ocean going cruise." More info to follow...

Downtown PA, last post

And just something fun. Thanks for reading. Posted by Picasa

Downtown PA part 4 or 5

Inside Los Taverna... Apparantly, this tavern has been around a while. From talking about it today at lunch, Mike, an Eco employee and occaisional ship's captain, told me a quick story where Shakleton himself came to this very pub when he FINALLY made it back to Chile after his harrowing trip back across the Drake Passage in his 26' boat amidst his attempt to reach civilization after having the HMS Endurance sunk by ice flow. He apparantly was so overwhelmed by the noise, that he drew his pistol and shot into the cieling to queit the crowd. After his short stay here in PA he had commisioned a boat to assist in the resuce of the rest of his crew who were still patiently marooned on Elephant Island.

This marks the second bit of Shakleton living history i have crossed paths with in the past year 9outside of Antarctica of course). The first time was at Qual Island in Lyttleton Harbour, NZ. I hope Shakleton doesn't think that i'm stalikng him... ;) Posted by Picasa

Downtown PA, bonus desktop image

just a cool closeup inside the taverna of a ships lantern. Posted by Picasa

Downtown PA, part 3

And here is the purveyor of the malty beverage i so craved for earlier in the day. This is the Hotel Noguiera. This is the building i mentioned a couple of posts ago, being the first brick and morter anything in PA. Its a stunning building from any angle. The tavern is located in the basemet and is decorated in reclaimed historic ship furnishings. Next slide... Posted by Picasa

Downtown PA Cont, Center Square

This is the central statue depicted in the last photo. It is emblazoned on 4 sides with PA's story. This one has a resting native sitting above the imprint of Magellanes' ship. This essentially marks the crossroads of culture in that oh so familiar transition from indigenous inhabitance to European settlement. Hernando Magellanes was a Portuguese maritime explorer who led the first successful attempt to circumnavigate the Earth. He came around and through these straights in 1520 which he called the 'All Saints Channel' at the time. Next slide... Posted by Picasa

Downtown PA Cont.

...And then you come to the central plaza or just 'the square' to the locals. This is essentialy town center for as far as i know. Just beyond the center statues is the first brick building ever established in PA. This park possesses that certain magic capable of dramatically transforming the walk from the pier through town to a completely different place and time. You are suddenly thrust into a Mid-Western American small town park complete with autumn's smell and comfortable lustre. Posted by Picasa

wanderings in PA

Yesterday was a long and fitful day spent toiling in the belly of the Linux beast. I knew at about lunchtime that by days end, i would need a beer. Alcohol is not permitted on the ship at any time, which put together with my upcoming interest in a frosty barley pop, meant that there was going to be some adventure in my evening's plans. PA is a town of many tactile feels to it. In some areas it feels like any port town i've seen, with rugged industrial seafronts and the rugged people who staff them. Then a quick walk down a few blocks renders the following setting. This photo depicts one of the older streets just outside 'the square.' next slide... Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Lovely Punta Arenas offers stunning views of... grey. miles and miles of grey. Acres and Acres of verdant and carefully cultured grey. Grey like no where else in the world. Brilliant.

Actually, as you all may already know, i am completely happy with the grey. And i am getting a pretty good serving today. this picture seems to pull it together pretty well as the ships are painted steely grey, the water reflects the silvery sky with a titanium glean. Its a small slice of heaven! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

that Hi Pro glow

Here is somemore of that morning sunshine i mentioned before... Posted by Picasa

the aforementioned frost

the morning brought this frozen surprise and some server crashes! yay for me! Posted by Picasa

This morning's sunrise

Good morning everyone. Here was the scene on desk earlier today. We got a frost overnight and the following bold sunrise. The entire area was glowing from the yellowing pink alpineglow and it made for a stunning start to a crazy day so far. Wishing you all the best! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, June 01, 2006

looking back...

...into the bright lights of the big city that is Punta Arenas. Today's weather was a study of change. This morning was impeccably calm and warm. I stood on the ice tower's outer railings (90 feet up) and enjoyed the sun's rays with only a t-shirt and jeans. Excited at the prospect of a lunchtime outing, i prepared for an early lunch (90 minutes later) camera in hand... only to be greeted with grey skies and chilling wind. And then, later this afternoon... the weather broke and managed to produce the beautiful sunset below. enjoi, and as always, thanks for reading. peace. Posted by Picasa