Antarctica!

Hello, hello, hello all you amazing souls! It’s been awhile, but fear not I am back and still alive. I spent the last 10 days (12/19-12/29) on an Antarctica cruise! Yes, Antarctica! Needless to say, it was my seventh continent (check that off the bucket list) and one of the most amazing experiences to date. There really are no words to describe the vastness and beauty that is Antarctica. Prior to the trip I had visions of desolate and flat ice shelves, but I was happily surprised to see towering mountains, endless glaciers and icebergs the size of shopping malls. Seriously, check the video that I posted as well as the endless photos (any photographers dream destination!). The days were filled with Zodiac cruises and land excursions, while the nights were encompassed by wine and great conversation. Oh, a zodiac cruise is basically a sturdy raft with an outboard motor on it, capable of pushing around chunks of ice while safely carrying 12 or so passengers (pictures when internet is good). We were fortunate enough to see leopard seals, humpback whales, penguins (galore), sea birds and other seals.

Land excursions were filled with visits to (stinky) penguin colonies, snow shoeing treks, and a lot of time to sit and take in the beautiful scenery. There was also the option for kayaking and camping, but spots were limited and the cost was extra ($950/$250 respectively). Although we lived for the excursions time on the ship was much appreciated. The only thing that rivaled the scenery, was the company of the fellow travelers. I’ve never been in such a diverse and well traveled group of people all contained in one small area (there were around 190 passengers). There was talk of other exotic destinations, past trips, future plans, and all things beautiful. It proved an amazing way to spend Christmas and my 28th birthday, and for those of you reading who I met on the cruise, thank you! For all of you adventurous spirits out there, I would highly, highly suggest taking the cruise and I think everyone on the boat would agree. Without blabbering on too much, I made a short re-cap video that you can watch and get a first person experience! (soon... internet is awful).

As always thank you for being you, and allowing me to be me. I’m going to wrap this up with a  stanza from “Call of the Wild” that was read to us by our expedition leader David “Woody" Wood;

“They have cradled you in custom, they have primed you with their preaching,

They have soaked you in convention through and through;

They have put you in a showcase; you’re a credit to their teaching-

But can’t you hear the wild?-It’s calling you.

Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;

Let us journey to a lonely land I know.

There;s a whisper on the wild night-wind, there a star agleam to guide us,

And the wild is calling, calling . . . . let us go"

Stay wild and free!

-Joe