By Corey Sandler
All day today, under fair winds and blue skies, Silver Muse passed from Punta Arenas, Chile into the Ballenero Channel and the the Brazo Noresta (Northwest Arm) of the Beagle Channel enroute to our next port of call, Ushuaia, Argentina.
In doing so we made a side journey into the Agostini National Park to take a peak at Garibaldi Glacier.
And then we returned to the Beagle Channel for a grand procession alongside the Romanche, Alemania, Francia, and Italia glaciers.
The good news is that this is one of most spectacular places on the planet.
The less-than-good news is that everywhere we looked we could see how much the glaciers have retreated and shrunk. And the relatively warm weather and sparkling blue skies we experienced were nice for us, but not so much for the health of the glaciers.
The last of the major glaciers, much to the satisfaction of our Italian captain Marco Sangiacomo, was the most attractive of them all and in relatively good shape. Putting on a Bella Figura, you might say.
The Italia Glacier saluted us with a large calving of ice, sending a boom across the channel.
All photos copyright 2017 by Corey Sandler. All rights reserved.