This morning found National Geographic Resolution cutting through the fog and pushing south toward the South Shetland Islands. As breakfast ended, the fog lifted, and Barrientos Island appeared in front of the ship! With much excitement, everyone donned their boots and parkas and went ashore to set foot on the islands of Antarctica. Penguins and elephant seals waited to greet the new visitors. Humans and animals alike showed their curiosity. While it seemed all too short, the trip ashore ended with anticipation of an afternoon Zodiac cruise. At the end of lunch, eight black Zodiacs dotted with orange clad photographers circled Edinburgh Hill, a stunning presentation of lava frozen in time. With the adventures complete for the day, all the new Antarctic explorers retreated to the ship for cold drinks and warm food. What a day!