Spectacular Lemaire Channel (I have never been past this point yet)
Way back in 1991, before I had been to many eco-destinations at all, one of Lien's teacher colleagues passed out a bunch of flyers advertising a trip to Antarctica for about $2500, including air from LA! I could not believe it! I had to go! I immediately began begging Lien to go and experience the world's southern most continent. Needless to say, she would have no part of it. There was no way I was going to get this tropical girl to such a frigid destination. But she gave me the all-clear to head down myself. The next thing I knew, I was on a plane heading to Argentina to catch my boat for a 19-day expedition to Antarctica! This is a place I never dreamt I would visit. And now, I have been there several times! Initially as a tourist and then as a naturalist-escort for La Selva Expeditions with a group in 1997.
Most of the programs I participated in involved stops at the normal places, such as the Lemaire Channel, Anvers Island, Arctowski Polish Research Station, Danco Island, Deception Island, Neko Harbor, Port Lockroy, and many more locations. I have to admit, I have forgotten the names of many of our stops.
When people ask me (and they invariably do) why anyone would want to travel to Antarctica, I have to chuckle. If they have no interest in spectacular scenery, true wilderness, plentiful wildlife, adventure travel, or extreme conditions, they would not understand my reply. To me Antarctica is all of those things and much, much more.
Visit our Antarctic Image Gallery
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Here are a few of the images I have taken on this amazing continent and its surrounding islands (Antarctica is sadly another destination in my past where serious photography was not a priority....got to get back yet again...):