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Antarctic Blur

Although I am still decompressing from our trip to Antarctica, I feel that I owe the five people who read this at least a brief recap of my latest adventure. I still need to sit down with my pictures and a map and actually take a look at exactly where we were. The itinerary changed almost hourly. and that in addition to hanging out with the children for seven hours a day has left me a bit muddled. I do know that I have at least a thousand pictures of icebergs and penguins....it would take a lot for me to ever tire of either!

I was luckier than some of the crew in that my office (the children's room) has huge windows spanning one wall, and thus we were able to enjoy the magnificent views as we painted, glued, beaded, and played. Listening to Miles Davis as you travel through Antarctic waters and play Scrabble is not a bad way to make a living!

I also know that we made it further south than this ship has ever been, and I think that we are the largest ship to have gone as far south, 67.9 degrees, as we did. I was able to step foot on the continent twice; once in Neko Harbour and once at Almirante (I think that's correct). I really do need to sit down and figure out where the heck I've been! It's tough when you're experiencing such an amazing destination through the lens of such a big and busy ship. I would have loved to have spent more time in azodiac, darting among the ice and penguins. But, as crazy and improbable as it may seem, I have a strong feeling that I will return to this part of our amazing planet some day in the not too distant future. If not, I have some fabulous snapshots in my mind and thousands of photos in my computer! Don't forget to check out more of my photos at photos.yahoo.com/lindseytuuri

One final note--I went swimming in the Southern Ocean! Okay, it was a jump in, jump out sort of thing, but still....IMG_7029.jpg

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McNaught's Comet

Although it is now past the witching hour, I cannot in good conscience fall asleep until I have made some attempt to record the amazing site I just witnessed. We are currently heading due south; after leaving Ushuaia today, we began our journey to Antarctica via Cape Horn and the Drake Passage. Tonight on our starboard side, that would be the right side of the ship and due west in this case for all you non-nautical types, McNaught’s comet was visible and absolutely spectacular. Some friends and I headed up to deck 12 (top deck) around midnight, and the horizon was still an orange hue at this late hour. Wispy clouds parted to clear a path for the comet as it seemingly made its way to the ocean, and the sight was superbly beautiful and serene. This description certainly does not do the view justice, but I am pretty certain that no photo could capture the power either, and so I will have to be content with the picture in my mind. I’m sorry that I am not better able to share what I witnessed with you all; this world continually amazes me with its beauty, despite all the ugliness that exists as well. The awesomeness of the natural world that I have witnessed over the past two weeks certainly does a lot to counteract much of the unpleasantness that I know is present around as well. The wildlife, the landscape, some fabulous people, and just the majestic nature of the places I have seen have left me in awe. And definitely wanting more… I have much more to share, but this will have to suffice for the time being. Don’t forget to look up now and again.

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Penguins, penguins everywhere

We have just experienced two of the most awe-inspiring days in South Georgia. It hardly seems fair that I have been able to visit such remote and fantastic places, but I’ll take it. Yesterday we were in Grytviken, South Georgia, where Ernest Shackleton’s grave is located. I had just finished reading Endurance the night before, and that really added an element of gravity and wonder to the place for me. For those of you who are not familiar with the story, in the early 1900s, Shackleton and his team headed out from South Georgia for Antarctica, with the objective of sailing to the continent and then completing the first ever trans-Antarctic expedition. However, their ship became frozen in the ice, eventually sank, and 522 days after leaving South Georgia, Shackleton and five of his men made it back. They then rescued the other 22 men who had been left behind at Elephant Island. All the men survived, and my synopsis does the story no justice at all----read the book. It’s amazing, and then to be able to visit his grave and witness a slice of what he had to overcome----it was very humbling and powerful. The day itself was also spectacular. We’ve been experiencing a lot of fog and rain, but yesterday was simply beautiful. Sunny and 50 degrees F; we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Today we arrived at St. Andrew’s Bay, where we ran zodiac landings. So much fun! This island was spectacular because of the sheer number of penguins that were present. The colony was over half a million strong! Penguins were everywhere. There were also elephant and fur seals. Fur seals are very aggressive; small but feisty. They will charge after you, growling, and you have to clap your hands to scare them away. They also have a very infectious bite, but luckily nobody has been bitten yet!

I can’t even fully describe what I am experiencing. Suffice to say that it is beyond words.penguinseverywhere.jpg

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