Monday, November 10, 2008

A lot of time for solitaire

Isla Gordon, Chile

This morning we were relieved to wake up to the beeps and grumbling of the Chonos's engine starting. The winds had finally calmed and the harbor master had given the okay for boats to leave Puerto Williams.

Today we were able to make it through to the southern branch of the Beagle channel before another storm again forced us into hiding. The protected cove on Isla Gordon that will be our home for the night is surrounded by waterfalls and across the entrance of the channel you can just make out a glacier through the rainy darkness.

Our hopes of making Isla Caroline in the near future are fading. As frustrating as this waiting can be it is the nature of research in the beautiful, harsh and unpredictable fjords of southern Chile.

- Caitlin


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