Travel Log

Stopped to eat at the Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in São Paulo, Brazil. Dinner consisted of the cone-head-looking coxinha and an empanada. The penguin paid this time. Finally! Tired. Not physically, mentally. Sad to be leaving Antarctica – very happy to be going home to family! This experience has helped me become more decisive.  More later… Next […]

Day 14 – On The Road. Again!

The end is the beginning.  We disembark from the ship and rush to Ushuaia airport.  30+ hours of travel ahead of me; memories that will last a lifetime behind me. The mantra of Robert Swan have become more than words or a slogan.  They now have a sense of urgency […]

Day 13 – Endings & Beginnings

Last day at sea.  We arrived in the Beagle Channel and weighed anchor for the evening.  The day included packing, settling accounts and sharing stories.  It was hard to pay attention to the final presentations but one story, Barefoot College, was truly inspiring.  This grass roots organization in Tilonia, India […]

Day 12 – Homeward Bound

Homeward bound. “Hip, Hip, Hooray” was the cheer of praise often heard throughout the voyage south.  Those words continued to ring in my head as we plowed through the calm waters of Drake Passage on the way back to Ushuaia, Argentina.  Hooray for Robert Swan and the staff of 2041.  […]

Day 11 – Sperm Whale Sighting

Donut shaped Deception Island was my second favorite landing of our expedition. Here we could explore and roam through vast areas.  I enjoyed interacting with the environment as I imagined what it would have been like on the island during the volcano eruption in 1967 and 1969 or during the […]

Day 10 – Somber & Reflective

“Wakey, Wakey, Wakey – eggs and bakey” came the announcement over the intercom from Expedition Leader Jumper.  It was soon followed by a “Bronco 5” call to be on the top deck in five minutes.  Through the bitter cold and gloom of the morning, we were greeted by a huge […]

Day 9 – Tabular (HUGE!) Iceberg

On the eighth day, we rested.  After a cold night with wind chills of -15, we woke to a light dusting of snow. The zodiacs swept us back to the ship where we were given the option to sleep or rest.  I did both. Zodiac rides in the Florida Keys […]

Day 8 – Day of Rest

Penguins are cute.  Super cute.  They walk up to you and are very friendly like a cat! Just like humans, penguins eat, digest and then poop. Penguin poop is called guano, just like the poop of other birds. We were warned their guano smells bad, but it’s not that bad,  Just […]

Penguin Poop is Pink

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, it was time for camping on the ice.  But not before taking pictures with Robert Swan and the flags we brought.  And, yes, it was also my birthday. Neko Harbor, our landing spot, was cold and windy.  Robert Swan’s passion for […]

Day 7 – Sleeping on Ice

“Layers, layers, layers” was the chant from the 2041 staff members.  Years of Scout training (and a few mistakes) prepared me for dressing warm and comfortably in the chilly Antarctic.  I was ready for our first zodiac adventure and to finally step foot on Antarctica.  Question of the day: “what […]

Day 6 – Zodiak to Pleneau