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So Nice To See You!

While penguins tend to steal the show in Antarctica, it's easy to forget that there's plenty of other sea life to be seen. This crabeater seal looked liked it wanted to invite me onto the ice with a bit of a friendly smile. That probably wouldn't have been a good ideal for a number of reasons, but I sure do enjoy seeing what appears to be a friendly seal!

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On Another Planet

Are we still on Earth? This is not the Earth I know. It's like another world. Pristine landscapes all around. White, everywhere. It's that last continent, clinging on but slowly divulging its secrets one by one. Antarctica, a mysterious and amazing place. One of the last great adventures this planet still has left.

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What You Don't See

You've probably heard the phrase "tip of the iceberg" before. Or even seen some photo that makes it appear like a tiny iceberg has this massive size underneath the water. While it is approximate, roughly 7/8th of an iceberg's mass (and volume) is beneath the ocean's surface.

Coming across this vast section of icebergs all around was one of the most spectacular ways to arrive in Antarctica. There's no question you're in another world entirely when you walk out onto the ship deck and see this amazing scene before your eyes. Even though it was snowing, you can definitely see the iceberg beneath the surface. Super cool!

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/9/23/what-you-dont-see

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Airtime

Just because it's a flightless bird, doesn't mean this Gentoo Penguin can't try, right? As cute as these penguins are waddling around, they do plenty of jumping, falling down, and sliding around too. When they make a small hop like this though, it's a bit amusing to see how tiny their wings are, but it probably helps them out with some balance here. Then again, they often fall over anyways given the position of their feet relative to the rest of their body mass, so spreading their wings probably has only a minimal benefit here.

When you're surrounding by thousands of penguins, after a while it's like, "Oh cool, more penguins." Nearly two years later, it's like "Damn, I miss those smelly little guys." If I get the chance to visit Antarctica again, I don't know if I would take more photos or spend more time with my camera down. I think part of the excitement is just trying to capture them in the moment, doing something cute or funny.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/8/29/airtime

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The Allure Of Antarctica

With the spirit of exploration, I headed out on a short two week expedition to Antarctica. Well, I guess it's a huge spirit, but a small expedition. The golden age of exploration on this Earth has passed, but perhaps a new age will rise again someday, somewhere.

Perhaps no trip has changed me so much as a visit to the White Continent. It's precious, special, and always surprising. No trip has left me wanting to return more than Antarctica. I want to go back. I must go back. But, when and how?

Having gone on a relatively modest trip length from South America, all I can think about, is going by way of New Zealand. Seeing literally a different side of Antarctica, and on a journey not of a couple weeks but of a month. I think I need a trip sponsor?

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/7/22/the-allure-of-antarctica

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On The Cusp Of Something Bigger

Indulge me for a moment. I want you to close your eyes for a few seconds, and imagine you're in a ship cabin and the only thing you can see out your window is an endless horizon of water in every direction. Nothing to break the horizon. You've been sailing for 2 days straight through some of the roughest waters in the world, and all you see is, more water.

Now, imagine you wake up, and suddenly, the world around you has transformed completely. Icebergs are floating by your window as the ship cruises further into denser and denser pack ice. Perhaps, that last part is a bit hard to imagine. The excitement built up, you're stir crazy from being ship bound for a couple days. It's an amazing experience. Unlike any other.

It's one of those cases where the journey is worth the destination. Even having crossed the Drake both ways now, I truly hope I get another opportunity to explore Antarctica again. Once it all it takes to be hooked.

Photo taken south of the Antarctic Circle.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/7/11/on-the-cusp-of-something-bigger

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Antarctic Penguin Base

At the edge of the Antarctic circle, these Gentoo penguins have set up their own base. Sure, there might be a dozen or so Ukrainian scientists who also think this is their base, but in Antarctica, Mother Nature and all her creations rule supreme.

Touring Vernadsky Research Base is a unique stop to a research station in Antarctica. A taste of remote isolation and mental fortitude. Yes, you are not totally alone, but when you're this far out, getting visitors isn't exactly a daily occurrence. I imagine the only thing tougher from a mental and emotional standpoint is an assignment in outer space where you're even more confined and remote. In comparison, if you're stationed in Antarctica you at least get to watch the comical behaviors of the flightless birds.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/7/5/antarctic-penguin-base

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Wordie House

The British established a base on Winter Island in 1947, the main hut of which was named "Wordie House" after Sir James Wordie. Wordie was a member of Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, a failed expedition but definitely one of the most famous in Antarctic history.

Wordie House itself is recognized as one of nearly a hundred Historic Sites and Monuments in Antarctica. Inside is a peek back in time to life at one of the first Antarctic research stations. Antarctica isn't really a place with a lot of man-made touristic destinations, nor should it be, but this is one of the few places I visited.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/6/29/wordie-house

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Artichokeberg

When I see the weird shapes and edges of this iceberg, different imagery comes to mind. Stegosaurus? No, should be more like the mohawk of icebergs then. Durian? Too uneven. Artichoke. I'll settle for this iceberg reminding me of an artichoke ready to have a chunk be pulled off at any moment.

There's all kinds of icebergs floating around in Antarctica (and the Arctic for that matter). Different sizes and shapes from growlers and bergy bits to those with domes and dry-docks. It's a vast endless ocean of foreboding and changing landscapes.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/6/9/artichokeberg

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A Bird On A Berg

Sometimes these cute, flightless birds look like they very much would want to fly. Not sure they would be so cute if they could fly though. Their waddle and clumsy demeanor would be lost if they could just solve so many of their problems by flying.

They're always entertaining. When they're alone, and somewhere you might not expect them to be, it's curious. When they're traveling with 2 or 3 fellow waddlers, it can be quite a treat to watch. When they're in a larger pack and you see them jump into the ocean one after another, again - a certain form of delight. Porpoising through the water? The fun never ends.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/5/31/a-bird-on-a-berg

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