Monday, March 17, 2008

Falkland Islands and South Georgia

It is so good to be back and blogging again as I had no outlet for my creative writing skills while I was at my pug sitter's house. I did have tons of fun there, though, running around with my boxer pal. I missed all you guys; my parents missed everyone out there too. They tell me that they were stuck on a ship for 3 weeks, sailing around the end of the world, without any pugs to keep them company. WHAT?!?!? Twenty-one days without sight of a pug? I am surprised they haven't gone crazy in that time.

I know you guys probably want to know more about their trip, so I let Mommy download some of her pictures onto my blog -- for this week only! I mean, I can't let adorable pictures of penguins and fur seals surpass my own cute photos . . .

So, my parents flew from Alaska to Santiago, Chile, where they spent the day touring the city. From Chile, they took a plane to Ushuaia, Argentina (the southern-most city in the world). They boarded their boat -- the Explorer II -- and began their expedition. They visited the Falkland Islands and then South Georgia the first 10 days:







These guys with the tricked-out hairstyles are called Rockhopper penguins. They are almost as cute as pugs



Two Gentoo penguins crossing the road in the Falklands.

Daddy in Port Stanley. Those are four whale bones behind him. Daddy is a history buff and wanted to visit the sites that were made famous during the Falkland War

For you ornithologists, and I quote Mommy, " . . . I dunno, this is some kind of duck . . ."




This is South Georgia. Spectacular, no?

This brown furball is a penguin chick. He is almost ready to molt and acquire his adult tuxedo suit



These are adult King penguins (second in size only to the Emperor penguins)







Baby fur seal. And to think that not too long ago they were being clubbed to death by humans . . .

Baby fur seal trying to see if Daddy looks better sideways . . .


More pics to come . . .

10 comments:

Punchbugpug said...

What a trip! How cool to see those animals in their own habitat and not behind glass or fences.

Lex said...

Oh wow! That is so cool! (Yes they are still clubbing baby seals.. the canadian govt gave permission for 250 000 to be killed this spring on the east coast!)

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Hi Frances Louise!
Wow! Great pictures! Emmitt and I are excited to read and see more of your and your parents' adventures! Glad you are all home!
melissa

Page said...

SO cool! I want me a penguin!! Glad you are back!

The Devil Dog said...

That is so cool. What great photos. You got so close to them, or was that a telescopic lens? Anyway, we can't wait to see more pictures and hear more about the trip. Lucky & I missed you a lot.

Roxy & Lucky

Goodboy Norman Featherstone said...

I am so glad your people are home! Those are great pics. It looks like they had a wonderful time!

Christine & Giggs said...

Awesome pics, can't wait to see more! It looks like they went on an adventure.

Kris McCracken said...

Thanks very much for sharing this. They are fantastic pictures!

Nevis said...

Gorgeous photos!!! What an exotic trip! How many people can say that they've been to ANTARTICA!? That's so cool. And those pictures are gorgeous...

Jemima Jones Beck said...

Hahaha!
That baby fur seal cracks me up!
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck