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February 14th 2020
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By the time you read this we will be on our way. A plan long in the making....it is now time to visit the frozen continent. We could not be more excited! This is in celebration of a birthday milestone for Dave....he's not getting any younger.

Antarctica is sometimes referred to as the Seventh Continent. We hope you will come along to these enchanting lands. We’ve signed up for a trip called Epic Antarctica….. what more needs to be said.

But first....a bit of personal history from Dave.

As a young college student at The Ohio State University 1976 -81 working on a degree in journalism – my first assignment and article published in the school paper "The Lantern" was concerning Global Warming. I interviewed a professor from the school of Geodetic Sciences. He told of the massive use of fossil fuels and how it could affect global climates.....could it be true? All along... never thinking I would step foot on Antarctica .....where it reached almost 65 degrees F just last week.

And now here I am on my way to the land of melting ice. Eager to attend all the science lectures on Quark Expedition, experience
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this frozen land and possibly learn more about global warming...and all the incredible wildlife and those who ventured here long ago....in the meantime, I am listening to a Lyle Lovett tune from 1994..."Penguins are so sensitive...to my needs." Appropriate...no?

A bit of personal history from Merry Jo.....

The National Science Foundation does some amazing research at the U.S. Antarctica Research station on the Ross Sea. From October of 1989 to February of 1990 I served as a shuttle bus driver at McMurdo station. When I was there the research station was supported by the Navy and a contractor who provided the civilian personnel- skilled and laborers. It was a blast and some day I hope to write several blogs describing my time on the ice. That will be for another day. Having done the Polar Swim on that trip it won't be repeated on this trip.

I've talked about Antarctica for years so now it is time to take Dave on this adventure. One of MJ's favorite songs from her time on the ice is "The Future's So Bright" by Timbuk 3.

We’ve chosen Quark Expeditions as it is one of the oldest companies leading trips
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to the Polar Regions. Expedition ships have navigation systems that are designed to detect icebergs at a safe distance and navigate the Polar waters. These vessels have a hull which was built for polar regions and strengthened to deal with the ice. Safety is their concern. These ships allow you to go where normal cruise ships cannot go.

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We've been writing our blogs on Travel Blogs for more than a decade now. This website has allowed us to make many friends around the world. On this trip we will finally meet "The Crannster" of Travel Blog fame.Crannster. He will be one of guides on our trip. We've been emailing for several years and couldn't be happier to finally meet. Could this be a more cool way to meet a fellow Travel Blogger?

"Dave moved to the Canadian Arctic almost a decade ago and now calls this wild region home. He has worked many years as an interpretive guide in prime polar bear country and regularly guides trips thought the Far North, be it on land or water. He has been involved in continuing Arctic research projects, including flora surveys, bird counts, snow sampling, ice coring,
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and monitoring the polar bear populations. In his time with the Quark Expeditions family, Dave has completed many voyages through both the Arctic and Antarctica. A passionate naturalist, he loves the vastness and silence of these magical places. He has a great respect for the Far North, its fauna and flora, and is people, culture and climate. A big fan of the challenging conditions of polar winters, Dave always looks forward to being out on the land and sharing his antics through stories, exploration and an infectious enthusiasm." Quark Expeditions Guide

If you enjoy reading or are contemplating a trip to Antarctica you may want to do some reading. You'll want to grab some books about James Cook, Ernest Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott, and Roald Amundesen. Over the years we've read a few of the books we've featured in our photos. Our three favorites are Antarctica by Jim Mastro, South Light by Michael Parfit and Icebound by Dr. Jerri Neilsen. MJ had the pleasure of working with Jim and his wife Lisa while at McMurdo. Check him out on Amazon as he has written several books including some clever children's book. MJ attended a lecture by Jerri Neilsen and
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has an autographed copy of her book. South Light is one of our favorites. As for Greenpeace MJ does not care for the politics or methods. While in Antarctica she experienced negative side of their work. Details will come in her McMurdo blogs.

We will have internet on the ship but will not be able to post photos or blogs until we return. Please feel free to write.

Antarctica with Quark Expeditions

The Ocean Endeavor. 199 passengers

Epic Antarctica -23 days

Day 1: Bueson Aires, Argentina. Day 2: Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation.

Day 3: At Sea. Day 4: & 5: Falklands Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Day 6 & 7: At Sea. Day 8 to 11: South Georgia

Day 12 & 13: At Sea. Day 14 to 16: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Penisula

Day 17 & 18: The Antarctic Circle. Day 19 & 20: North along the Peninsula

Day 21 & 22: Crossing The Drake Passage. Day 23: Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires

Land back in Florida: March 10th

Our travel agent has been to Antarctica 44 times..... yes an expert. She grew up in South
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Africa and designed our trip in 2018 to Africa. If you want any contact information please let us know.


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14th February 2020

Bon voyage
Looking forward to reading all about it when you get back.
14th February 2020

Bon voyage
Thanks Cilla for following and commenting. This will be an adventure and we are certain several blogs will follow.
14th February 2020

Exciting!
Looking forward to hearing about your exciting adventure! Bon voyage!
14th February 2020

Exciting!
Thanks for following along. We hope you are enjoying your time in the south.
14th February 2020

Really, a dream comes true type expedition
I am so excited that it feels like I am there with you. MJ, didn't know your past experience in the arctic world. Simply 'Wow'! Looking forward toto readi more and seeing the snaps....
14th February 2020

Really a dream
Tab, we are more than ready. I'm eager to get back to the ice and share it with Dave.... although they are having unbelievable warm temperatures.
14th February 2020

Wow!
That's going to be a pretty amazing trip. It's one my wife fancies but it's an expensive jaunt for sure. We intend to go to Western Canada before long, I think we'll compromise with a cruise around the Alaskan coast. Have a great time. I look forward to reading your blog.
14th February 2020

WOW!
John, thanks for following and commenting. You must find a way to get there some day. The Alaska and Canada trips are wonderful also. We will continue to follow your travels.
14th February 2020

30 below in Minnesota
If I have to be cold, I would rather be on a ship in the Artic. Look forward to future blogs and pics. Missed not seeing you this winter. Safe travels.
14th February 2020

30 below in Minnesota
It is colder in Minnesota than in Antarctica. Maybe you need to head south with us. At least pop down to Florida for a while.
14th February 2020

Fantastic!
One of my bucket list trips. We were close to planning this trip with our travel partners a few years ago, but something came up. Quark sounds like the way to go. I'll be looking forward to your next posts.
14th February 2020

Fantastic!
Bob, good hearing from you. We are eager to see this isolated piece of the world and enjoy the wildlife. Thanks for following along.
14th February 2020

Curious
Wow - this sounds like an epic trip. We are looking forward to reading your blogs! Safe travels and amazing memories!
14th February 2020

Curious
Nina and Markus, great hearing from you. This will be an adventure. Details to follow.
14th February 2020

Cool!
Always wanted to go there but as Sylvia refuses to fly have never been able to make it. There is a cruise from Australia but it finishes in New Zealand so getting home again is a problem. Hope you have a wonderful time. Dancing Dave will be jealous.
14th February 2020

Cool!
Sylvia, let John Medicare you and get on that plane! This will be epic. Thanks for following along. We love hearing from you.
14th February 2020

Cool!
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14th February 2020

Cool!
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14th February 2020

Bon voyage!
I hope you have a Sea Band, garlic pills, or something to help as you cross Drake's Passage!
14th February 2020

Bon voyage!
Bob, we are prepared for Drake’s passage....so we think. We will fill you in soon.
14th February 2020

Antartica
How delightful to hear about your latest adventure. I’ll look forward to your blog and pictures.I’m starting my own adventure now too. I sold my Panama City house and moved to the Northwest. I’m renting an apartment in an independent senior living facility in Edmonds, 10 minutes from Matt’s house. 😊
14th February 2020

Antarctica
Edmonds? Wow...that’s a change. I’m glad you are near Matt. I’ll write or call when I get back and get caught up.
14th February 2020

Sounds amazing!
The itinerary looks amazing - how exciting! I look forward to reading your blogs of your (I'm sure) fantastic trip :)
14th February 2020

Sounds amazing!
Lori and a Susan, thanks for following along. We do think this will be a fantastic trip. Eager to experience all the nature and wildlife.
14th February 2020

antarctica
Which ship are you on? our was the Ocean Diamond.
14th February 2020

Antarctica
We are on the Ocean Endeavor. Did you enjoy your trip? I’ll have to look for your blog.
15th February 2020

"Penguins are so sensitive to my needs"
At last MJ can return to the great southern icy continent...this time not doing the driving but being various ways taken around. Taking the Dangerous One may be a risk but hey...with Disco Dave leading it sounds like a magical trip to thrill the penguin in ya...every day. Denise & I say [i]"Have a blast & look forward to hearing about it when next we greet"[/i].
15th February 2020

Penguins are sensitive to my needs
We will be singing the entire time. Looking forward to romping around on zodiacs. I’ll keep an eye on Dangerous Dave. More to come.
15th February 2020

Penguins are sensitive to my needs
We will be singing the entire time. Looking forward to romping around on zodiacs. I’ll keep an eye on Dangerous Dave. More to come.
15th February 2020

Great Introduction!
Hi Binkleys! Really looking forward to reading all about and see the photos from your Antarctica Expeditions and adventures!
15th February 2020

Introduction
Thanks for following along and commenting. We will keep you in the loop. Hopefully we will have lots of animals to share.
15th February 2020

Dreams
Hi Dave and Merry Jo, May all your dreams come true. Fantastic. (Just a touch of envy, but our bucket’s full) David and Janice
15th February 2020

Dreams
David and Janice, good hearing from you again. You’ve been amazing places so yes your bucket may be full... might have room for one more location. Hopefully the penguins and whales will be seen soon.
15th February 2020

Oh WOW
Bon voyage to the two of you - what a journey you are going to have and cannot wait to hear all about it in your blogs. Safe Travels from us both. 👣Paul & Sheila
15th February 2020

Oh wow
Paul and Sheila, always good to know you are following along with us. Thanks for sending a note. We will belatedly celebrate Dave’s birthday on this trip. A great location for a celebration.
15th February 2020

So exciting!
Can't wait to follow this adventure!
18th February 2020

So exciting!
We have internet on the ship but can’t post photos. We’ve seen some amazing birds following our ship. This is a grand adventure. Thanks for following along and commenting.
16th February 2020

The deep deep south!
Safe travels and I look forward to those amazing wildlife photos I've seen on Crannster's blogs! I'm disappointed you've decided there won't be a nudie swim this time... there's still time to change your minds - it's practically warm over there now ;)
18th February 2020

The deep deep south
We’ve met The Crannster! What a great guy. Yes always time to change our minds about the polar swim...
16th February 2020

Enjoy your trip.
It is going to be great and inspiring to read about your trip when you are get around to do the writing. I look forward to that. Enjoy your trip. /Ake
18th February 2020

Enjoying the trip
Thanks for following along and commenting. We are eager to publish and tell everyone about this amazing expedition. Soon.
16th February 2020

Awesome
Nature at its best and Penguins too. For nature lovers, it does not get more awesome than South Georgia and Antarctica. Looking forward to your blogs and photos. Bon Voyage
18th February 2020

Awesome
Indeed nature in the raw and rugged. Thanks for commenting. So many details to share.
17th February 2020

Antarctica will complete my dream
It has long been my dream to see all seven continents of the world. I've been in five so far. Antarctica will have to come last because it is so expensive! Bon voyage!
18th February 2020

Antarctica dreaming
Well worth saving the money! The wildlife is amazing. Thanks for coming along with us and commenting.
17th February 2020

Sail Away!
This is amazing. Reading your blog I feel like I am in the reading room of the Royal Geographic Society, pouring over maps and publications, and getting more jealous of your journey by the minute!
18th February 2020

Sail away!
Thanks for your kinds words and traveling along with us. This is turning out to be spectacular. More to come.

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