Feb. 18 – Half Moon Island & Heading Home

My last post about Antarctica is coming almost exactly a year after my trip. It seems like yesterday that I was shopping for winter clothing, dealing with the angst of leaving my students behind, and practically vibrating inside with excitement about crossing the “hardest” continent off my to bucket list. Looking back, my wife’s kind and lavish 50th birthday present changed me in ways I did not expect. I am so grateful for the experience.

I am grateful to:

Feb. 17 – Georges Point

By Day 8 in Antarctica, I was feeling physically spent and suffering a tad from “wow” fatigue not to mention… oops, I just did… that I was fighting Montezuma’s revenge. Still, I learned and saw things around Georges Point that, in retrospect, are important to me. For example:

  • Eee… the wind. I can’t imagine what the early explores did without truly wind-proof clothing. A wool coat can only do so much and frankly, the winds we experienced were rather wimpy compared to what an Antarctic winter is capable of dishing out.

Feb. 16 – Port Lockroy – The Post Office in the Middle of Nowhere

Yes, you can get mail in Antarctica. The former military/research base at Port Lockroy has been turned into a museum and, yes, a functioning post office.

A few random notes and observations:

  • The facility is an actual functioning post office. You can buy stamps in the gift shop and there is a mailbox at the entrance.