We enter the Narrows around 7:30am
The Battlefield Tour group finds its van and guide
A young Falkland Thrush begs from its mother
A typical Falkland Island flower garden
The iconic Falkland Island horses turn their backs to the rain
Some of our younger expeditioners return from the Museum
We return to Le Boreal from the Public Jetty by our ship’s tender
Le Boreal - December 21, 2011
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Temperature: 52˚F (11˚C)
Wind speed: gusting to 55 knots
Cloud cover: variable
Precipitation: rain, hail
This morning, under light cloud cover and calm winds, we sailed past Pembroke Point and into Port William before Captain Marchesseau threaded Le Boreal expertly through a narrow gap and into Port Stanley. Just after 0700 we were along the side at FIPASS (Falkland Islands Port and Stores Service) jetty.
As we boarded the buses to venture out into the Stanley area for our various tours it was evident our luck with the weather was about to change. Gathering in the distance were clouds as dark as night with the sounds of giants rumbling within them and bolts of lightning strike the ground. Before long we could see the rain dancing across the water as the winds, gusting up to 55 knots pushed it in our direction. Shortly after reaching us the driving rain quickly turned to driving hail.
The intrepid travelers we are, we pushed on, from inside the comfort of our buses. Until the sun came out; and the winds died down as quickly as they had appeared.
Our tours complete we ventured into Stanley visiting the shops and restaurants between the spats of wind, rain and hail that intermittently came through. Before we knew it the time had come to board the tenders and return to Le Boreal.