There were many meaningful moments of the Antarctica/Patagonia trip some of which started long before the trip.
Here are some of the highlights……
BEFORE THE SHIP
Checking various volcano sites every morning at 4:30 and calculating our chances of making it to Buenos Aires and finally Ushuaia.
Finding an alternative way to get to Ushuaia via a 35 hour bus ride from Buenos Aires.
Finally after much anxiety, making it to Ushuaia.
Walking in to my favorite wine store in Ushuaia and they had our pictures behind the counter from our 3 previous trips to the store.
Seeing the trunk of the taxi completely filled with the likes of Zucardi Tempranillos.
Hiring helicopters with JP to bring a group of folks up to the top of the glaciers in Ushuaia completely spur of the moment.
Having everyone arrive in Ushuaia without major problems even though a volcano was canceling flights to Ushuaia and Buenos Aires.
Oh yea, Arthur and Eric.
ON THE SHIP
Getting on the ship and seeing Captain Alexi who had taken us South of the Antarctic Circle when no other ships could get through the ice.
Getting all of our wine onboard the ship.
Having some old and dear friends on the ship and meeting new folks some of whom will be new life long friends.
Getting on my patch so that I didn’t hurl across the Drake.
Figuring how to give lectures while the boat is pitching 30 degrees.
Figuring how to keep crystal wine glasses that we bought on board from smashing as you hold them with one hand and eat with the other.
Crossing the Point of Convergence and feeling a sense of magic and mystery.
Convincing some Zodiac drivers to get just a little closer and then just a little closer to amazing vantage points for icebergs.
Seeing the blue of an iceberg from underneath it.
Seeing the joy of everyone in the zodiacs when we got into the best positions.
Talking about the famous extension pole to get the best vantage points under the ice.
Having Campbell Gunn tell me that one of the zodiac rides with me was his best photographic day of his life.
Getting to stand on three icebergs.
Sitting in a zodiac with Linc, and Nancy and Eric from Syracuse University that I went to school with in 1979.
Finding that my dear friend JP is truly having impact on my life. I learned how to sleep almost instantly by studying how he did this on the trip.
Finding that some of my best images from the trip look like JP shot them.
Trying to find something to argue about with JP about and still being unsuccessful in this department.
Seeing the smile on Jeffrey Neu’s face even when he was close to being banned from Antarctica.
Oh yea, Arthur and Eric..
AFTER THE SHIP
Having Louisa Michelin translate and to assure me that even though my passport was filled that she would help me get through Chile.
Seeing the Perito Moreno glacier and then getting to hike up it.
Arthur and Eric..
Most amazing of all is trying to write down my memories and realizing that I could go on and on and on. THIS WAS AN AMAZING JOURNEY….
And now for some image highlights…