Antarctic Coda

It’s a day at sea after the Falklands and the Captain, the Expedition Leader (A professor from New Zealand), the Ice Pilot (a retired USCG admiral with 16 years’ experience on heavy icebreakers) and the Chief Engineering Officer are giving their post Antarctic lectures and findings.  We were in Wilhelmina Bay with the whales for 4 ½ hours.  The plan had been for an hour … Continue reading Antarctic Coda

Antarctic Metropolis and Teflon Rocks

February 3, 2015 King George Island, Antarctica. I was startled when I got an SMS message sailing into Admiralty Bay on King George Island.  King George is the largest of the South Shetland Islands off the coast of Antarctica and is one of the northernmost points of land in what is internationally considered Antarctica.   The SMS message was from ATT welcoming me “abroad,” inviting me … Continue reading Antarctic Metropolis and Teflon Rocks

Ice Bergs, History and Politics

February 3, 2015 Antarctic Sound, Antarctica. Dear Friends, Antarctic Sound, at the very northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, is packed with history and ice.  The ice is the reason for the history.  It’s named for a whaler turned research vessel, the Antarctic, that was crushed in the ice here in the winter of 1903.  The ship was part of the Swedish Antarctic expedition which, … Continue reading Ice Bergs, History and Politics

Paradise to a Whaling Captain

February 2, 2008 Andvord Bay, Paradise Harbor and Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica, During the Alaska summer I get little sleep.  I don’t sleep with curtains drawn so generally wake up early and go to bed late.  I figure I will make it up in the winter when I sleep a lot more.  This trip is messing with my annual sleep cycle, because the sun is up … Continue reading Paradise to a Whaling Captain

Feathered Dolphins.

February 2, 2008 Paradise Harbor, Antarctica. They look like dolphins swimming alongside the boat, but very small dolphins.  But looking closely they are penguins, Gentoo Penguins.  They move quickly thought the water, up for breath, down to swim.  These penguins do not migrate; they stay close to their rookeries, the females feeding mostly on krill, the males on fish and krill.  Both catch food and … Continue reading Feathered Dolphins.

Two Prayers

February 1 Palmer Archipelago, Antarctica At our Unitarian Fellowship Kathy quoted a theologian saying there are three prayers, “Help,” “Thanks,” and “Wow.”  There was a lot of praying on the deck of the Prinsendam as we cruised out of Palmer Station in Antarctica;  “Wow,” “Awesome,”  “Oh man,” “Oh my God,” “Good Lord,“ “Holy Crap,” and on the stairwell, “I’m so thankful” and “Every day I … Continue reading Two Prayers