"One Day I walked out from Stanley". No, not an entry in David Livingstone's diaries of his travel in darkest Africa. Just a description of a very pleasant day in the Falklands.
|Upland geese with Hanseatic in harbour|
Heading downhill to the shore, I passed the Narrows Bar, opposite the Narrows entrance to Stanley Harbour. This tight entrance restricts the bigger cruise ships to the outer bay.
|Bridge to floating dock. (One for Duncan?)|
I also had some waders and shoreline birds such as Oystercatchers for company, and unlike most birds, they didn't fly away, as they have little fear of Man, having only come across us relatively recently in the evolutionary cycle. I'd always wanted to photograph an Oystercatcher, but the British ones wouldn't let me within 100 yards....
|Only penguins go here|
|Sole penguin, centre.|
|The end is in sight|
|Cape Pembroke Lighthouse|
|Merchant seaman memorial|
Somehow, I think it more sad that merchant seamen were killed then. They didn't sign up for the military action. They were just doing their job as deckhands, cooks, navigators, etc..
|Looking East. Next land is 12,000 miles away!|
Eastwards, was the southern ocean. The next LAND in that direction was the west coast of Chile, 12,700 miles away!!
Turning round and heading west, I passed Stanley's tiny airport, which was bombed by Vulcan bombers in 1982 to prevent being used by invading forces. The “domestic” flights to outlying islands start and finish here, and I hope to be on one myself soon.
No need for online checkin – simply listen for your name being read out on the radio the night before you fly!
|Bridge built by Royal Engineers|
Passing the Lady Elizabeth again, and the road graders (smoothing the gravel roads), I finally made it back to town, where I popped into the Seamen's Mission for an excellent bacon roll. Sky News was on the TV, and the reporter was saying how the Falklanders were looking forward to greeting Prince William. Oh no – more journalists!
A cracking day! 30,000 steps, 23 kms. Skuas, oystercatchers, Turkey Vultures, a Magellanic penguin, Upland Geese, Kelp Geese, and goslings, wrens (probably), and plenty of photos.
Tomorrow, rain is forecast. The gardens need it!