How did I get to Antarctica?  How is it that I find myself cruising along in these iceberg filled waters looking for penguins and whales?

Gary got the dream to come here standing on the docks of Ushuaia, Argentina, two years ago.  We got the dream to go there because we loved our previous time in Peru hiking to Machu Picchu.  We just had to go there because we were intrigued with the idea when we were in Bolivia playing racquetball.  We were there playing racquetball because Gary loved to play on Guam and made the team.  We were on Guam because we were restless in Portales and wanted a little time away on another island to relax and regroup.  We wanted another island because we’d fallen in love with many things about that lifestyle when we were in the Caribbean.  We were teaching on St. Thomas because there weren’t any teaching jobs in our area when we finished college.  There weren’t many jobs because there was some kind of recession going on in the 80s.  Interestingly enough… we got teaching degrees because it seemed like the normal thing to do.

And although life has been quite normal for me, to others it may seem a bit out of the norm.

I remain ever thankful there were no job openings for us way back then when we were kids.  Instead, the world was opened to us.  We continue to love stepping through the doors, and hope that many more are opened to us as time goes by!



10 Responses to “Antarctica”

  1. Betty Williamson says:

    This is one of MY dreams, too. I have spent many long imaginary hours in Antarctica with Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance. Some day…some day. Loved seeing your pictures and hearing your story.

  2. KIm Mann says:

    Amazing how many doors are opened when you think things don’t work out at first!!

  3. Pam says:

    Those are beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing your adventures!

  4. Sandy says:

    It was amazing to be there. Betty… we watched “The Endurance” documentary while on the ship. Those early explorers!!! I can’t begin to fathom their courage!

  5. Nico says:

    God has an interesting plan for all of our lives. I’m glad that He included me in yours.

  6. It’s amazing how one thing can lead to another. I really would like to save up and try to see Patagonia for myself!

  7. Bette says:

    Especially love the penguin picture and Deception Island picture!

  8. Sandy says:

    It was so cold outside… we’d just have to go in to warm up. I snapped that Deception Island photo as we went by, through the window, with my little telephone! I was proud of that shot. A wonderful volcanic crater… so the island is a big ring with that one opening.

    I’m loving all your comments. Thanks everyone!

  9. kristi says:

    Darryl just informed me the hole in the ice on your first picture is a rare sight. Wonderful pictures and story.

  10. Marcea Clive says:

    Beautiful pictures, Sandy. Thanks for taking us along on your travels. I am really enjoying the trip.

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