Antarctic Reflections 2014Wednesday, January 29, 2014
At last Dave and I made it to Antarctica including South Georgia and the South Shetland islands. For those of you that have been there, now I understand! It was amazing really! Three weeks on a Zegrahm Expeditions’ adventure/expedition cruise ship, 90 passengers, 8 lecturers of the highest level and experience in Antarctica—most of them having been there for over 25 years…. We learned everything from the differences in seal’s teeth structure, to Plate Tectonics and geological formations, to feather design/functionality of different species of penguins and what they’re used for, the difference in pack ices, sea ice, blue ice, ice flows, bergy bits, etc. , oh and let’s not forget the amazing historic early expeditions by Shackleton (amazing man), Amundsen, and Byrd in their race for the South Pole in the early 1900’s. We felt like we were in a graduate level college program for 3 weeks, usually 3 lectures a day, none of which you wanted to miss because they were all so fascinating and informative! All this, in-between landing at penguin colonies of 50,000+ birds, giant elephant seals with stinking breath belching 4 feet from us, little fur seal pups playing tag with each other for dominance, and coming over to us with little “grrrs” like they’re really tough….wanting to nip at is like they do their buddies. Every day was equally astounding! We made about 3 landings a day in-between “days at sea”, here and there between the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsula. We cruised around in zodiac rubber boats and landed on ice floes and everywhere there were sea birds like giant wandering albatrosses, petrels, and beautiful magic light and double rainbows! Believe me, I have looked at photos from these areas for years, but being in the middle of it was an entirely different thing! To top this off, it turned out to be our“7th Continent”, which was a great and unexpected surprise because we hadn’t really been counting! Make it a priority and put it on your Bucket List for down the road!
Cheers and best wishes for a great 2014! I know ours couldn’t have started out any better!
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