We’ve reached the Antarctic Peninsula archipelago, a group of islands
clustered at the tip of the continent. When the fog cleared this morning,
we were able to see the southern edge of one of these islands. My first
sight of Antarctica was of jagged, icy cliffs towering about 5,000 feet
above the water. The snow and ice were shaded blue from the sky and
water, and there was still fog just on the horizon, making the cliffs look
like they were hovering somewhere in the clouds. Absolutely incredible.