Cape Horne. 21st December 2017

We were extremely lucky to be able to land - it is the most difficult landing of the whole trip and often the weather does not permit landings. We had a lovely sunny day for it but very windy not surprisingly. It was really quite humbling to think we were at the bottom of the world where so many lives have been lost. We were able to climb to the top (176 steps) and walk the breadth of the island. An amazing day and experience. The views were wonderful and the monument in the form of a large relief sculpture depicting an albatross commemorating those lost at sea is very moving.

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I am the albatross that waits for you at the end of the Earth

I am the forgotten soul of the dead sailors

who crossed Cape Horn from all the seas of the world.

But they did not die in the furious waves.

Today they fly in my wings to eternity

In the last trough of the Antarctic wind.

Poem by Sara Vial inscribed on the albatross sculpture at Cape Horn.

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