December 26, 2016
Today we arrived in Port Stanley the Falkland Islands. We took a tender boat to the pier where a minibus took us on a short drive to our 4X4 to see the penguins. On our trip to the 4X4 transfer, the driver told us a bit about the history of Stanley and the battlefields from the 1982 Falkland Conflict between Argentina and United Kingdom.
After arriving to board our 4X4, we drove to the Bluff Cove Lagoon penguin colonies. As our convoy of vehicles navigated this rugged sheep farming country which included stone-runs (rivers of rock), we had the chance to see local Falkland’s life with our driver. When we arrived at the Lagoon, we saw about a 100 breeding pairs of Gentoo penguins and a growing colony of King penguins and their chicks.
After a visit with the smelly but cute Penguins, we visited the Sea Cabbage Café which is located right on the beach, and they served us a cup of tea and delicious home-baked treats, all within the Café’s cozy feeling, made more so because it was heated by a traditional peat stove. We enjoyed our tea, and home baked scones and homemade Diddle Dee Jam while viewing the parade of wildlife on the beach.
After an hour-long visit we drove back to meet our ride to the pier, and on the way one of the other 4X4’s got stuck in the mud and rocks, so our driver stopped and helped the other SUV, and it turns out it was his wife After saving his wife from being stuck we continued our drive to the minibus which took us to the pier to catch the tender boat.