February – March 2002

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Intro

Antarctica!  I went to so many other amazing places on this trip, but.. Antarctica!  How am I going to peel myself away to talk about anywhere else?  I will try.  But first, Antarctica.  So, funny story, back in 2001 I was in a bookstore (travel section, obviously), browsing around, and I came upon Lonely Planet’s ‘Antarctica’.  My first thought:  “You can go to Antarctica?!”  My second thought:  “Why is the book so thick?!”  Apparently, not only could you go there, but there was a lot do in Antarctica! 

Needless to say, I bought the book that day, and started planning.  I found a company which led small group expeditions (only 50 people!) to the icy continent on a Russian icebreaker, departing from the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, Argentina.  So building an itinerary around this 10-day ‘cruise’ to Antarctica, I decided to tack on Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Easter Island, and French Polynesia.  Seriously, what is wrong with me?

You’d think with all my planning, I would have thought, hey, maybe you shouldn’t combine one of the coldest places on earth with one of the warmest places on earth on the same trip!  Packing all of a sudden became a problem.  With all the gear I had to buy for Antarctica, including Wellington boots, a parka, and plenty of thermal underwear, I had little room left for shorts, T-shirts and sandals.  I ended up having to lug around a huge

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFebruary 8, 2002February 10, 2002
    2Montevideo, UruguayFebruary 10, 2002February 12, 2002
    3Colonia Del Sacramento, UruguayFebruary 12, 2002February 12, 2002
    4San José de Mayo, UruguayFebruary 12, 2002February 12, 2002
    5Santa Lucia, UruguayFebruary 12, 2002February 12, 2002
    6Canelones, UruguayFebruary 12, 2002February 12, 2002
    7Atlantida, UruguayFebruary 12, 2002February 12, 2002
    8Piriápolis, UruguayFebruary 12, 2002February 12, 2002
    9Punta Ballena, UruguayFebruary 12, 2002February 12, 2002
    10Maldonado, UruguayFebruary 12, 2002February 12, 2002
    11Punta del Este, UruguayFebruary 12, 2002February 12, 2002
    12Montevideo, UruguayFebruary 12, 2002February 13, 2002
    13Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFebruary 13, 2002February 14, 2002
    14Río Grande, ArgentinaFebruary 14, 2002February 14, 2002
    15Ushuaia, ArgentinaFebruary 14, 2002February 14, 2002
    16Paulet Island, AntarcticaFebruary 17, 2002February 17, 2002
    17Brown Bluff, AntarcticaFebruary 17, 2002February 17, 2002
    18Antarctic Sound, AntarcticaFebruary 17, 2002February 18, 2002
    19Livingston Island, AntarcticaFebruary 18, 2002February 18, 2002
    20Deception Island, AntarcticaFebruary 18, 2002February 18, 2002
    21Neko Harbor, AntarcticaFebruary 18, 2002February 19, 2002
    22Paradise Bay, AntarcticaFebruary 19, 2002February 19, 2002
    23Lemaire Channel, AntarcticaFebruary 19, 2002February 20, 2002
    24Petermann Island, AntarcticaFebruary 20, 2002February 20, 2002
    25Pleneau Island, AntarcticaFebruary 20, 2002February 20, 2002
    26Port Lockroy, AntarcticaFebruary 20, 2002February 20, 2002
    27Neumayer Channel, AntarcticaFebruary 20, 2002February 21, 2002
    28Half Moon Island, AntarcticaFebruary 21, 2002February 21, 2002
    29Aitcho Islands, AntarcticaFebruary 21, 2002February 21, 2002
    30Ushuaia, ArgentinaFebruary 24, 2002February 24, 2002
    31Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFebruary 24, 2002February 24, 2002
    32São Paulo, BrazilFebruary 24, 2002February 25, 2002
    33Foz do Iguaçu, BrazilFebruary 25, 2002February 25, 2002
    34Puerto Iguazú, ArgentinaFebruary 25, 2002February 26, 2002
    35Foz do Iguaçu, BrazilFebruary 26, 2002February 26, 2002
    36Iguaçu Falls, BrazilFebruary 26, 2002February 26, 2002
    37Iguazú Falls, ArgentinaFebruary 26, 2002February 26, 2002
    38Puerto Iguazú, ArgentinaFebruary 26, 2002February 27, 2002
    39Ciudad del Este, ParaguayFebruary 27, 2002February 27, 2002
    40Asuncion, ParaguayFebruary 27, 2002February 28, 2002
    41Santiago, ChileFebruary 28, 2002March 2, 2002
    42Hanga Roa, Easter IslandMarch 2, 2002March 3, 2002
    43Pape'ete, French PolynesiaMarch 3, 2002March 5, 2002
    44Mo'orea, French PolynesiaMarch 5, 2002March 5, 2002
    45Bora Bora, French PolynesiaMarch 5, 2002March 7, 2002
    46Pape'ete, French PolynesiaMarch 7, 2002March 7, 2002
    47Mo'orea, French PolynesiaMarch 7, 2002March 9, 2002
    48Pape'ete, French PolynesiaMarch 9, 2002March 9, 2002

    Featured Image

    Baily Head, Deception Island, Antarctica

    Hundreds of thousands of Chinstrap Penguins make Baily Head their breeding ground each year. As most of them waddle around behind me, some very curious young’uns who haven’t seen us humans before, are very attracted to my very red boxer shorts. I was told it’s because of the color, but that’s nonsense. I firmly believe it’s because my shorts are actually covered with dozens of little penguins (really).

    Sketches

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