Stromness: the sea is no longer red
Author
Fergus Fricke
How could men have built a 'whaling station' in such a beautiful place but one has to admire their courage. Was it just money that drove them to it?
Clouds above Cusco
Author
Nate Mirocha
Michele: We woke up to our last breakfast with our team of porters and Augusto. A table was set up outside, overlooking the clouds. Our group wore the brightly colored and festive garments from their …
Antarctic sunset
Author
Laurie Allread
Antarctica at sunset - photo by Laurie Allread November 26th, 2011 Much to our surprise, the winds increased to 44 knots which again prevented the helicopters from flying to Ross Island for …
The graves of whalers and whales
Author
Fergus Fricke
A couple of cold zodiac trips amongst the icebergs. Afternoon tea (well hot chocolate and biscuits actually) delivered to us by zodiac. The ship's hospitality staff must have read my mind or heard my …
Cusco: Plaza de Armas
Author
Nate Mirocha
Nate: It was cold this morning until the sun rose over the mountains and showered our camp with direct light. Once packed, we set off for the first site of the day, which was visible from camp, but …
The Kapitan Khlebnikov
Author
Laurie Allread
The Kapitan Klebnikov in Antarctica - photo by Laurie Allread November 25, 2011 Our plans for visiting McMurdo and Ross Stations, Scott's Discovery hut at Cape Evans and hiking Observation Hill …
Stromness whaling station
Author
Fergus Fricke
At last we set foot on the Antarctic Continent and walk up a glacier until we are in danger of falling down a crevasse. In the afternoon we landed at Paulett Island to see a few more penguins and …
Lima: Al fresco kitchen at first dinner
Author
Nate Mirocha
Michele: Vidal had warned us that this was going to be the hardest trekking day but I was not at all prepared for the intensity of the trail. Our goal was to reach the first of 3 mountain passes we …
Observing the penguins
Author
Laurie Allread
November 24, 2011 Our visit to the Adelie Penguin Colony was cut short by white conditions with 40 knots per hour winds. All passengers were on the island which was a ten minute helicopter ride …
Evening in South Georgia
Author
Fergus Fricke
Some impressive tabular icebergs which are not ho hum. An exciting landing at Point Wilde. Dramatic scenery but desolate and cold. How Shackleton's men survived there for over four months without …
Admiring the Lima nighttime coastline
Author
Nate Mirocha
Michele: I have to admit I was a little nervous about this trek. We would cover over 26 miles in 4 days, with trails mostly going up or down. Nate and I both trained a little bit before the trek, by …
Sun shot
Author
Laurie Allread
Antarctica - Photo by Laurie Allread NOVEMBER 23, 2011 During the early morning the captain moved the ship south toward Cape Evans on Ross Island. The ship was at its furthest point south on …
Another rookery, another king or two
Author
Fergus Fricke
Heading for Elephant Island entertained by albatrosses and petrels gliding effortlessly around us, at times almost touching the waves and then sweeping high above the ship. A few icebergs sighted but …
Lima: Illuminated cross
Author
Nate Mirocha
Michele: We spent the entire day touring the Sacred Valley, which is a valley in the region of Cusco and below Machu Picchu. Our itinerary was to explore some towns and sites in the valley and then …
I guess he wanted me to take his picture
Author
Laurie Allread
Emperor Penguin - Photo by Laurie Allread November 22, 2011 Last evening, we headed toward an area further close to Taylor Valley in the McMurdo Dry Valleys in hope to make a helicopter …
King penguins, South Georgia
Author
Fergus Fricke
Making for Elephant Island and surrounded/accompanied by effortlessly gliding albatrosses and petrels. The occasional iceberg is sighted but already these are becoming a bit ho hum.
Lima: Outdoor Miraflores gym
Author
Nate Mirocha
Nate: The first stop today was at Sacsawayman. Much of the site is off-limits due to preservation, exploration, and repairs. But what we could see was unbelievable. The site sits about 1,000 feet …
Author
Laurie Allread
Photo taken by Laurie Allread Nov. 21, 2011 from McMurdo Sound November 21, 2011 Shackleton's Nimrod Hut, Lat. 77 33 South. Long 166 67 E Last night, we left Franklin Island about 10 pm and …
Young kings in the greatcoats
Author
Fergus Fricke
I am starting to see remarkable likenesses between the penguins, seals and birds to some of my fellow passengers. It is their shapes and their walks more than their faces but behaviour too. Am I …
Lima: First clear view of Pacific Ocean
Author
Nate Mirocha
Michele: We took a short, early morning flight to Cusco and were welcomed at the airport by our Peruvian guide, Vidal, and driver, Roger. We were dropped off at our hotel, Casa Andina Catedral, …
More beauty - when can I go back?!
Author
Kassandra Miller
I repeat the same process this time, except in reverse. Buenos Aires - Mexico City - Los Angeles - Seattle - Missoula. I arrive home at midnight and realize that I have to work tomorrow. I should …
Author
Laurie Allread
Emperor Penguin - photo by Laurie Allread NOVEMBER 20, 2011 Again we were reminded of the old Russian saying "the best way though ice is around ice." The day was spent weaving in and out of ice …
Inquisitiveness works both ways
Author
Fergus Fricke
........ and still a gale, if not a storm, blowing. Last night though was in the sheltered Godthul Bay. Backtracked to Gold Harbour and then on to Drygalski Fiord in 70 plus knot wind. Spectacular. …
Lima: Miraflores coast
Author
Nate Mirocha
Michele: We arrived in Lima from Chicago (via Miami) at 7:00 on a misty, overcast Sunday morning. Lima is a sprawling city of 9 million, situated on a desert coast next to the Pacific Ocean. We …