Day 22 Westpoint and Grave Cove

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This morning we headed to Westpoint. After a bit of a hike up the hill we scabbed a lift in the caretaker’s Jeep. After a short walk we arrived at a massive Albatross colony on a massive cliff. We headed up over the ridge but my gumboots, steep cliff and insane wind against my camera sash that quickly became a  massive sail made me turn around. John persevered however to get nice and close.

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I had a bit of a chat with the caretaker who was very friendly. They’ve been there for 2 years. The owner had lived on the island his whole life up until 2 years ago. The place is pretty desolate with a supply ship coming every 2 months. No medical unless you want to pay for a very expensive helicopter visit.

The caretaker and his wife had spent 30 years on their little sailing shop – Wanderer 2 for 30 years around the world – with 2 of them spent in South Georgia.

Could not escape the wind so I had a nice walk back to the landing spot and sat in a more sheltered spot.

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In the afternoon we headed back to Grave Cove to get more pictures of penguins landing on the beach.

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Remember we’re dealing with people who are trying to get amazing pictures. Some can be pretty pedantic and like tor groom the beach for their shots.

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As the light grew dimmer it was time to go back to the ship.

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