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The Most Beautiful Place on the Earth!

Enjoy my Antarctica trip journal! I spent 13 days skiing, kayaking and hiking my way through Antarctica's mountains and waterways.

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Getting gear in the zodiacs
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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 …
The group after our first run in the South Shetland Islands!
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Kassandra Miller
We disembark the ship after breakfast this morning with memories and photos that will be cherished. My wildlife highlights were seeing Light Mantled Sooty Albatross, Orca Whales, Arnoux Beaked …
Melanie puts skins to ski.
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Kassandra Miller
Today, I feel like a human. I attend breakfast, though I don't have much of an appetite. I watch a documentary film called Rounding the Horn, I spend time on the bridge watching seabirds, I finish …
Warming up with cider and peanuts!
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Kassandra Miller
There was programming today. I know there was. My trip notes say that there were presentations on Shackleton & the Endurance, the Whales & Seals of the Antarctic, Scott's Fatal Journey, and the …
Great ski guide, Paul, assesses the snow
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Kassandra Miller
Today is our last in Antarctica, before we head north out of the South Shetland islands and back to the Drake Passage. The wind picks up rather quickly and our excursion to Aitcho Island becomes …
The Drake!  Drake Lake on the way south.
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Kassandra Miller
Port Lockroy is a natural harbour on the Antarctic Peninsula of the British Antarctic Territory. Originally discovered in 1903 by a French Antarctic expedition, the port was named 'Port LaCroix' …
Beautiful mountains on the Beagle Channel
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Kassandra Miller
Neko Harbour is full of the most beautiful icebergs on the planet, I discover as I paddle my kayak around them. We are not allowed to get too close, but it's amazing to see how deep the go down into …
Surprisingly big cabin on the Akademik Ioffe
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Kassandra Miller
This morning, my knee is the size of a baseball and I keep ice on it constantly. I'm able to walk, so I ask Boris, our Expedition Leader, if I can switch from skiing to kayaking. There is an extra …
Great little cabin
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Kassandra Miller
Today's land excursions take us to Orne Harbor and Wilhelmina Bay. The skiers make landing in Orne Harbor, gear up and skin up a ridge line to the top of a small mountain. We can't believe it, but …
The port!  Readying ourselves for the Drake Passage
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Kassandra Miller
The day began auspiciously, spirits high, previously wobbly legs now bolstered with sea legs. Breakfast was just that: the breaking of an almost 12 hour fast upon the sturdy One Ocean Navigator: eggs …
Tierra del Fuego mountains
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Kassandra Miller
I wake up to a winter wonderland. More than a foot of heavy powder has fallen on every surface of the ship. This bodes well for us skiers as we plan on making our first ascent tomorrow. After a …
The port of Ushuaia from up the hill
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Kassandra Miller
Day Two of the Drake Passage and I still feel great, that is until I spill an entire french press of coffee on my leg. I'm not that smooth before my morning coffee in regular circumstances, but when …
Found a great microbrewery in Ushuaia!
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Kassandra Miller
Antarctica travelers often discuss crossing the Drake Passage. They categorize the crossing in one of two ways: Drake Lake or Drake Quake. Lucky me, I get the Drake Lake! The water isn't quite as …
Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires
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Kassandra Miller
This morning, it's an early flight to Ushuaia. It occurs to me as we land that the plane could very easily slide right off the runway and into the Beagle Channel, but the pilot negotiates the …
Flying over Mount St. Helends in Washington
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Kassandra Miller
Today starts off with an early morning departure from Missoula, Montana. I bounce around from Missoula to Seattle to Los Angeles to Mexico City and finally arrive in Buenos Aires late at night. I …

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