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Antarctica » Antarctica January 28th 2011

28th January 2011 Day 1: Setting sail for Antarctica! This is the day that we set sail for Antarctica- and we are all very excited! The boat leaves at 4pm and we had a few jobs to do before then. First stop, get the laundry back and repack the rucksacks. There is no laundry service on board and it was imperative that the penguins see us in clean clothes that smell delicious ☺ We put our luggage in storage and headed over to the office to pick up our Antarctic jackets and ski pants…… the rubber boots we will get on board. Next stop, to the shops to buy proper gloves for Sid and I, and finally to the supermarket to stock up on cheap wine and chocolate to bring on board. At 3.30pm we walked ... read more
Instant friends - Isacc (8) and Peter (7)
On deck watching our bags being loaded.
Security drill -

Antarctica » Antarctica January 22nd 2011

Slumbering until 0900 hours, momentarily I think we've had an amazing sleep in, until rational thoughts sneak in and I think it's still 0400 Perth time. There will soon be a time when being consciously aware of two different time zones will wear off. I'm glad I didn't organise anything today except to get our hire car, do some food shopping and go to Antarctica. I jumped into the shower and ready to take on the day I simply couldn't wait to pick up the hire car. The kids and hubby were still slumbering when I left. The hire car place has a dial up service for the shuttle bus to their depot. If it wasn't raining I would've walked back to the terminal, but it was so I got the hotel's shuttle bus back to ... read more
Kids at Antarctic Centre
Little Blue Penguin
Christchurch Botanical Gardens

Antarctica » Antarctica » Ross Sea January 14th 2011

Well it has been three months without the Internet, but finally as our season comes to a close we get a clear signal. Not really much to complain about thou considering my location can only be described by GPS coordinates (Lat: -77.487 Long:171.567). Even that is not as accurate as one might imagine, considering the Ice Shelf is moving approximately 2m per day. Looking back on my life I would never have thought it would come to this. Living in a tent on the largest body of Ice on the planet. I had never even been snow camping prior to this experience. Yet here I am enjoying every minute of it. Last night I realized that I actually started to enjoy the ever present howling of wind and snow as it bombards my tent at 20knots ... read more
Castle Rock II
Ross Ice Shelf

Antarctica » Antarctica January 3rd 2011

From Vanilla Ice to Pink Floyd and now finishing up with Foreigner. If you have no clue what im talking about then i shall leave it for you to work out...! So my third and final part of my Antarctic voyage starts here. I feel a bit like Darwin may have felt when he started to write the end of Voyage of the Beagle. So many wondrous times....i hope you have enjoyed so far and this last instalment leaves you wanting to book yourself a trip immediately (and with Aurora !). Go is short and you never know when you’re going get hit by a bus. On that prosaic thought...if you cant face another update from me and simply want to look at photos, here are the final batch: I last left you ... read more

Antarctica » Antarctica January 1st 2011

It’s the first day of 2011 and seeing in the New Year in Buenos Aires was an evening not to be forgotten. The last time i was away from the UK for New Year was the Millennium in Sydney. Last night, at Pepe’s, his daughter, ex–wife Anna and good friend Jorge came over and we sat down to eat the food we had all prepared at about 1030pm. Empanadas, salads, and a variety of meats. Laura, his performance-dance artist daughter had brought a projector and from the balcony of the apartment we beamed onto the opposite building’s wall images of fireworks, volcanoes erupting and my photos from Easter Island and Antarctica. ( looked amazing!). We also got a Banksy slideshow going projecting his works onto the wall ( were right, I was wrong. Admitted now in ... read more

Antarctica » Antarctica » South Shetland Islands December 29th 2010

Greetings from a blisteringly hot Buenos Aires! I have been assiduously writing up my Antarctic trip but if you just want to skip straight through to the photos for the first part of this Antarctic Blog then feel free to click here..... If you want cut yourself another slice of Xmas Cake or grab a mince pie and a brandy and settle down to read and imagine the first part of my Antarctic odyssey and then look at on! The White Continent has fascinated me for years. Stories abaound of the explorers, mere mortals who survived or died epic voyages to, through and across it by land, by sea. This frozen desert - the coldest, driest and windiest place on the planet - has always captured my imagination and I’ve always longed to travel ... read more

Antarctica » Antarctica » Ross Sea December 22nd 2010

Ice Ice and more *&^%$ Ice! But in this case its wierd and wild, a Dr. Seuss-esqe view of the polar world, a penguins' sweet dreams or maybe just a polar acid trip? These are Pressure Ridges, caused by tidal forces under the thick sea-ice pushing the ice against the shoals or shoreline. They change regularly, are unstable, and therefore we have to follow the flagged route through after they have been surveyed, thanks to the staff at Scott Base! (These ridges are located adjacent to Scott Base, our New Zealand neighbors down the road.) ... read more
ridge walk
ice waves
press. ridges walk

Antarctica » Antarctica December 13th 2010

CTAM -Central Trans-Antarctic Mountains- just another acronym for one of many Antarctic science camps, supply depots and scientific or historic sites. After all the NSF- (Nat. Science Foundation) is a federal agency so acronyms are the govts way of confusing everyone. Like the military and NASA, acronyms are the norm on this continent, so i fit right in from the start. A typical conversation may go....."Hey Bob, Im on the HERC headed out to WAIS but got to pick up my extra ECW at the BFC before goin to 140 to Bag Drag and you know I need another P bottle too before I get to the MSRF at Pegasus! Anyway.........we arrived after a 370 mile flight courtesy of the N.Y. Air Nat. Guard C130 to our field site deep in the Trans-Antarctic mountains. This range ... read more
CTAM map

Antarctica » Antarctica » Casey Station December 8th 2010

(Chicago) Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane (Note) can be out of the leg injury, he played in Sunday's parliamentary suffered three weeks earlier Calgary.The 22-year-old Kane won the 11 goals and 16 assist This season in Chicago after struggling the first two months, due to loss of salary cap limitations.Kane, who made riveting goal, many players in the champions Blackhawks' win the Stanley Cup Finals in June in Philadelphia, check injury , he by the Calgary 科里萨里奇 (Note). In the Blackhawks, who on Wednesday night, Dallas Stars, has no star forward Marian Hossa (Note), who suffered physical injury in practice last month lower. welcome to read more

Antarctica » Antarctica » South Shetland Islands December 4th 2010

Hola, As many of our readers know, Ushuaia was not the furthest southernly destination of our trip. That title would be reserved for Antarctica. We had organized a cruise (but we are using this term very loosely as one will learn later) before we had left Vancouver that would take us from Ushuaia to the South Shetland Islands and then to the Antarctic Peninsula. As part of this trip was a night at the Hotel Albatross. The hotel was 4 stars, and therefore our nicest accomodation of the trip by far so we made the most of it and hung out there for most of the day. The next day, we packed our bags and wandered around Ushuaia before getting on the bus which would take us to the ship. We started chatting to the couple ... read more

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