The Falkland Islands
November 2009
Flying to the Falklands from Santiago, we saw this cloud along the souther Andes. This Lenticular Cloud was evidence
that we were entering a very windy area of the world. Strong prevailing winds blow from the west to the east, some of the
strongest winds in the world.
On the flight to Stanley, there were 37 Africans from Zimbabwe and neighboring countries. They were coming to the
Falklands to remove land mines.  When I suggested to one of the young men that the weather might be harsh for
someone from Zimbabwe, he informed me that he had done similar work in other countries such as Croatia.
Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, is more
British than the UK. Here, a picture of the post office
entrance.

British flags hang everywhere as in the this flag on
Westpoint Island (population 2) and a Café in Stanley.
Margaret Thatcher is much better remembered in the Falklands than in the UK.
Most houses have brightly colored metal roofs.
Note the British flag on the house on the left in the picture below.
Below, the Episcopal Church in Stanley with a whale bone sculpture.
Transportation between the Islands consists of a reasonably priced air service of two ten seater airplanes (including
pilot) but planes do not usually fly full because of weight limits. Passengers may take 44 pounds of luggage which
includes all carryons. Excess luggage is charged one pound per kilo per flight.
Mostly, the grass on the Falklands retains a year round white color except where it has been grazed to ground level.
The Falkland Islands are quite bogey making driving a challenge. Here, Jackie emerges from sinking to her knee. Not a
happy lady!
Traditionally, sheep have been the mainstay of the Falklands, but with the drop in wool prices, fishing and tourism rank
higher to the Falklands economy and with oil projects underway, energy may emerge as the number one in the near
future.

Below, a sheep born only moments before we walked by.
On four of the five islands we visited, our hosts had all of their ranching duties to attend to in addition to being good
hosts to us. The quality of the food and lodging way exceeded our expectations. On two of the islands, Chilean cooks
were brought in during the summer months. Rooms were very comfortable and hot water and electricity was always
available. Electricity was mostly generated by wind mills.

Below, our host Rob on Carcass Island.
Most vehicles on the Falkland Islands are Land Rovers. Our planes always flew on time and we were met at each
landing strip by a Land Rover which drove us to the Settlement where we stayed.
We heard the locals complain a lot about the weather. The coldest and wettest November in living memory we were told.
For us, it was not an issue. Whenever it snowed or hailed, the snow or hail melted quickly. Since we traveled very light to
accommodate the laptop and camera equipment, we did wind up wearing almost all of our clothing at times, but we were
never uncomfortable or wet.