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Antarctic Adventure

Heav y white and gray clouds drooped down to touch the snowcovered mountains, glaciers and icebergs t hat sur rounded us. A soft light snow fell, and mist hung over the mountains in the distance. The summer temperature was in the low 30s. We had arrived, seen our f irst glaciers and icebergs, and it was spectacular. Pods of minke whales escorted us into the Schollart Channel, which is at the northernmost part of the continent. Chinstrap and gentoo penguins glided through the water at a distance, hunting krill. A humpback whale rose above the water, twisted and smashed its tail in greeting as it nose-dived back into the gray sea. Like our fellow travelers, we were

our readings and research lay the g roundwork for our A nta rc t ic a adventure. In the ship’s theater we watched slides and videos about glaciers, icebergs, continent history, explorers and wildlife. But nothing can really prepare you for the actual experience of being there.

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