February 16th will always be one of the most memorable days of my trip to Antarctica. After all, how often do you get to go for a swim in Antarctica?! And by a swim, I mean really mean a “ok-jump-in-what-have-I-done-gasp-surface-surface-climb-out-hot-tub-YAY!”
In all seriousness, the event was a hoot. Much frivolity had by all. A few highlights and observations:
- About a third of the passengers participated. Pretty impressive given the demographics of the passengers.
- There is obviously some risk involved and but the crew made sure we were as safe as possible. For example, each swimmer is attached to a harness and rope. If you seize up, they are going to pull you out.
Or maybe it is a traditional Orca whaling technique?
This is going to be a quick one as the flu has decided to strike. I’m feeling a lot better today, but New Years Eve was a day of involuntary fasting for me. The ewww… factor of that is a good segue to the day I had to kiss the fish. 🙂
2014 can’t be any better, can it?
I recently got a promo e-mail from one of my favorite bloggers, Michael Hyatt, about his new online course called “5 Days to Your Best Year Ever.” It looks great, but to be honest, when I read that title, my first response was not possible. It is very hard for me to imagine a year better than 2013 was for me; at least not for things I can control. If 2014 is even 80% as awesome as 2013, I will be terribly content. My wife’s gift to me – my trip to Antarctica was a huge part of my amazing year.
Over the next few days, I hope to post the last of my collection and talk about the end of my trip. In my last post I talked about the Lemaire Channel. I have to admit my memory is getting a little sketchy regarding the precise chronology of the trip (
I was too gobsmacked and distracted to even write decent notes) but some memories that stuck with me include:
- My first sighting of “Killer Whales” in the wild. It is rather ironic that I have lived on the west coast of Canada for over 30 years now and have even paid to go whale watching, yet I had never seen an Orca in the wild