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Antarctica Trip: Ten Things Antarctica Taught Me

Two weeks in Antarctica with two cherished friends and fellow Adventure Lifers, Julia and Renee; this incredible tour had surprises around every corner. This trip reconfirmed everything I love about travel ... and taught me a thing or two, or ten.

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First Gentoo penguin encounter at Aitcho (pronounced H.O.)
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Elizabeth Conway
After all, I have a new penguin snow-globe promise to live up to.
Renee gets upclose with a Weddell Seal
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Elizabeth Conway
...in the hands of a three-year-old. As promised, I brought my son Samuel home a penguin ... in the form of a snow-globe purchased in Ushuaia. He loved it, and dropped it on his way into school for …
Renee and Gentoo penguins
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Elizabeth Conway
And Antarctica brought it enthusiastically to the surface. Here's just a few of the species I can add to my developing bird-log: Magellanic Woodpecker (spotted during our hike in Tierra del Fuego …
Dinner with great folks in Ushuaia
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Elizabeth Conway
Both Julia and Renee and eight other passengers went sea kayaking during our trip -- and at least one of them was able to bring a lucky charm through customs. In one afternoon, the kayakers had …
Julia and Renee in the twisted landscape of the park
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Elizabeth Conway
A member of our expedition team, Russian born Valdimir has taken over 120 expeditions to Antarctica (each that included roughly 4 days in the Drake). Needless to say, we were in very capable and …
A beautiful day trip just outside of Ushuaia.
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Elizabeth Conway
One of our expedition staff grew up in Owatonna, MN - just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from my hometown. And, as we boarded the ship, Renee was reunited with a former professor!
Best tasted the local fungus -- odd texture...
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Elizabeth Conway
When we were camping at Paradise Bay, the curious penguins decided to visit us at all hours of the night -- literally right outside the tent -- and practice their best squawk. Other visitors that …
Adventure Lifers go canoing at Tierra del Fuego
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Elizabeth Conway
Our ship, the Lyubov Orlova, is named after a famous Russian actress. It is a tightly-run ship with passionate crew. Our daily agendas (which showed up in our cabins each night like clock-work) …
The parks packs a punch -- as Beth tries to illustrate
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Elizabeth Conway
Volcanic activity -- BAH! Don't let that steam rising off of the shoreline fool you; the polar plunge was as freezing as it was fun! I suppose, however, that large floating pieces of ice in the bay …
Adventure Lifers tackle the national park
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Elizabeth Conway
The short answer is it has to do with the the light spectrum, and the way light is filtered through the ice. The thicker the ice, the more blue-green color it displays. Regardless of what our on …
Highly recommend time in the park before an Antarctica trip
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Elizabeth Conway
Not once, but twice, I missed a close encounter with humpback whales. As my zodiac was taking me to shore, a humpback visited others right outside the ship's gangway. And the kayakers where greeted …

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