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Antarctica
Antarctica

Antarctic sunsetAntarctic sunset (Don Webb, Jr.)
“Antarctica is a separate world. One can feel its presence as it approaches, sailing south from more temperate climes, Standing on the deck, one may follow the reeling albatross, feel the drop in temperature, the bite of the wind, and the pounding of the waves. Yet it is the presence of ice,from the first occasional fragments, escalating in shape, form and frequency, then finally dominating all else that brings assurance of arrival in Antarctica.” Mark Jones

It was a hard crossing – though the captain said that it was not his roughest crossing, it was near the top and he also said that he could not sleep during the hurricane. After 2 ½ days of getting beat around we finally made it to the calmer waters of the passage. As we were leaving the Drake Passage I received the bad news that we might not be able to make a continental landing on Antarctica. Even knowing the risks and that there were no guarantees, I started to get upset because I made it this close only to be denied. However, I learned that nothing is written in stone and that the itinerary can change within the hour. Much to my relief the itinerary did change and a window of opportunity opened up for us to make a continental landing. As a beautifully crisp sunny day unveiled itself and the seas lay down for the first time since my departure, I woke up to the full splendor of the Great White South I made it to the end of the earth and in a few moments I would be on a zodiac heading for land. Note: a Zodiac is a small rubber boat that is about 12 feet long and can hold about 10 people.

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