Antarctica

Cutting Ice

So I was thinking about some of the highlights of the past month travel.  Of course, we traveled from Rio, all around Argentina — from far north to the furthest southern town in the world.  Still blows my mind.  Yes, we visited Chile, trekked, climbed some areas where I was scared shitless — overlooking cliffs. …

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Penguins

Here are just a few Pictures of Penguins from the trip…  An interesting bit of information which you may not be aware is that the Antarctica is basically void of wildlife.  It’s not like the Arctic at all.  Its just really snow, ice and water.  In terms of wildlife, it consists of penguins, seals, walrus …

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Drake

After departing the continental Antarctic and returning to Ushuaia in Patagonia, it took us about two hours to set the pattern for the next two days – horrible seas. Last night, the boat was bobbing like a cork on open Ocean and I have to admit, I was scared. I was on the verge of …

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Ice Breaker

It was just an eye-dropping day – no less. A day that I will never forget. We navigated to a passage, which was just indescribable, but ill try.   A large bay with probably 10 table icebergs, each are about the size of a football field and range in height from 20 feet to some size …

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Ice and Snow

We arrived at the South Shetland Peninsula, more specifically, Half Moon Island.  I did wake up to see from our balcony to see this snow covered sheet of ice on the protected inlet — or should i say thousands of floating pieces of ice.  Best of all, I could see one of these ice rafts …

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Privileged

Of course yesterday was the ultimate in shock and excitement, all mixed together. The ship cut through the ice like a blade through butter – however while that may be a decent analogy, it’s not 100% accurate. Every so often, the ship hit a thicker piece of berg that totally shook the boat and moved …

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Beagle Inlet

So we finally took off from Ushuaia on the Explorer.  We start off though a passage call Beagle Inlet and then into the Atlantic for about 8 hours. As you know, I booked on Lindblad/National Geographic Expeditions.   A few choices, and some have bigger luxe vessels — basically these are small cruise ships.  NatGeo is …

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Down South

Ushuaia is the Southernmost City in the World.  Love that.  Lots of working around to get here. Anyway, we flew into Ushuaia just to overnight for tomorrows adventure to the Antarctica.  Ushuaia airport on left. Not much else to say.  It’s a town of about 70,000.  Mostly tourism.  Tacky in a Niagara Falls sort-of way. …

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Let’s Get Out of Here Again – The Trail to Antarctica

After going for lunch with Larry Schecter in August, 2014, it had to happen.  I knew it was something which I had to do.  No bucket list or anything, just an ongoing plan to explore unique places and don’t stop.  No-if-and-or-butts.  Neurons were snapping, or burning or whatever they do.  I was going with Paula to …

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