Antarctica and Patagonia: An Adventure on the Seabourn Quest - Part IX (Punta Arenas & Goldring Travel Goes Local and Culinary) - Travels Blogs

Antarctica and Patagonia: An Adventure on the Seabourn Quest - Part IX (Punta Arenas & Goldring Travel Goes Local and Culinary)

The Seabourn Quest's Antarctic Adventure continued its Patagonia segment in Punta Arenas, Chile.  I had nothing in particular planned, so it was a great day to just the sun, in the rain, in the sun, in the rain, in the wind...and eventually in the WIND!

Imperial Cormorant coming in for a landingPunta Arenas, Chile itself is not a terribly compelling town, but there were a number of tours that required the Seabourn Quest to have a long day in port.  I was relieved (happy") to be on my own for an extended period so that I could walk miles of the beach and coast of the Straits of Magellan as I still was working hard on processing "Antarctica"; even just getting my head better around the scale of it.

The Seabourn Quest now seems so powerful and makes a definite statement, but in Antarctica it was quite insignificant both in stature and size; requiring due care that something as simple as ice could block her course or could even disable her.  As I walked down the course black and grey sand beach I turned back to see the Seabourn Quest and thought, "What a trip!  If a person saw her at the pier they would never know the experiences she just provided to her guests."

Seabourn Quest docked in Punta Arenas, ChileWhile I was a bit disappointed with the garbage on the shore, the bird life was exciting.  (I was told that seal and whale watching from the shore can be good, but I had no luck, though I think the winds whipping up the water might have obscured some possible sightings.)
Imperial Cormorants

A lone Rock Cormorant on a wood piling
Imperial Cormorant with fledglingsI continued my walk out to a spit were there were two flocks of seagulls.  With the sun just right, it made them glow.  It was an "Ahhhh" moment for me...and one I needed.

Crested DucksTurning back towards the town, I saw some old buildings painted with wonderful old street scenes from whaling and other times.  It brought back the memory of the abandoned cauldron used by the whalers I saw at Yankee Harbor.

Passing the port I walked for a few miles, through the rather nondescript town of Punta Arenas, pushing against the gusty winds, looking at birds and unsuccessfully seeking out seals and whales, though I did come across an interesting ship wreck still showing off her bowsprit, wondering if she was an old whaling ship, and a pier made out of old ships.

Interesting old shipwreckSeabourn Quest and and old four-masted ship tied to
a pier made out of abandoned ships.Now that I had about 6 miles of coast under my soles, my head was a bit more quiet.  And, therefore, it was then time to do what I do best:  Find the Mercado and eat local!

I do have to mention that a number of Seabourn guests thought I was crazy eating off the ship.  I am not sure why this is so other than a lack of experience...and hype.  The reality is that if a place gets its customers sick it will be...
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