Feb. 16 – Taking the Plunge near Torgersen Island

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?

Feb. 14 – Pleneau Island & Petermann Island

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