Perseverance Pays Off: Returning to Antarctica

>>Have you checked out the new blog? You can read this post in it’s original format over there.<< Last year, I sailed to Antarctica for the first time in my life and I fell in love. In love with the mysterious black mountains; the electric blue ice; the thundering glaciers; the goofy penguins; the formidable leopard seals; … More Perseverance Pays Off: Returning to Antarctica

Video: A Woman’s Guide to the World teaser trailer

“A Woman’s Guide To The World” is a how-to documentary TV series for women traveling to dangerous and adventurous locales solo. Apollonia Productions is currently pitching it as a 10-part TV series. This raw footage for the first episode features sailing to Antarctica aboard the Bark Europa. I loved watching this, it brought back good memories from my trips to Antarctica … More Video: A Woman’s Guide to the World teaser trailer

Ice Watch

If I were to ask you to climb 75 feet up a rope ladder (the shrouds) on a rocking ship, to stand on some metal bars and cling to a mast in the frigid Antarctic air while keeping lookout for icebergs– what would you say? I’m guessing there’s a high chance your response might sound something like … More Ice Watch

An Update from the Bark Europa’s Current Antarctic Voyage

The Bark Europa is currently sailing on her fourth Antarctic voyage of the season. While she’s at sea, the crew and trainees write blog posts, which I enjoy following (even though they make me seriously jealous) ! I was struck by this recent post, written by a trainee named Paula: Where else are mountains rearing straight out of crystal clear … More An Update from the Bark Europa’s Current Antarctic Voyage

What It Feels Like to Be In Antarctica

Antarctica is impossible. Impossibly beautiful; a place of inconceivable extremes. At times, Antarctica overwhelms you with a sense of absolute peacefulness and silence. Ice and snow and sea stretch out all around you, immersing you in an incredible stillness. Seals and penguins glide through the water. Beautiful, graceful birds soar overhead. The sun filters through white clouds … More What It Feels Like to Be In Antarctica

Vamos a La Playa: Going for a Swim in Antarctica

Looks can be deceiving. Deception Island, located in Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands, was named for just that reason. Appearing to be an ordinary island, Deception in fact is a volcanic crater, forming a ring with a narrow entrance into a large bay named Port Foster. Ships can sail directly into the flooded volcanic crater– truly remarkable– through Neptune’s Bellows, … More Vamos a La Playa: Going for a Swim in Antarctica

My First Sighting & First Footsteps on Antarctica

The Drake Passage may be nasty, but even when we were struggling through the worst of it on our way south, my spirits were always lifted by what awaited us: Antarctica. On our first voyage, I kept pinching myself– I couldn’t believe I was actually sailing to Antarctica aboard the Bark Europa. How could this be … More My First Sighting & First Footsteps on Antarctica