I shot over 12,000 photos on this trip and have only processed about 200 now. I could be at this for months! I figured I do a quick little recap with some photos…and more photos than usual because I have a broadband Internet connection again! Some of these images, you’ve already seen.
It isn’t a trip for everyone, and whether this expedition speaks to you or not is an argument on to itself.
Out of 21 days on vacation from work only 9 were actually spent on location. The rest were all days spent trying to get somewhere.
South Georgia can only be visited by boat. There is nowhere to land a plane and it is too far to fly by helicopter and return. The Southern Ocean is the most treacherous and rough sea on the planet. Can you imagine being sea sick for days?
If you’re someone who has to be around other people don’t take this trip. This is solitude like you’ve never experienced before.
It is frickin’ freezing!
It is very expensive.
Solitude – it is amazing to truly find quiet on the ocean. Just the sounds of the wind and waves are very peaceful. No cars, no planes, no phones – just nature.
You’ll meet interesting people who are either on permanent holiday or have a talent that lands them in exotic areas to share with others.
South Georgia is the end of the world and to visit it is to have a memory of a place and prehistoric time that is shared with a minority of people (more people visit Antarctica itself than visit South Georgia).
There are no land-based predators (like the Galapagos), so animals have little fear of humans on land. If you sit down and have patience animals will walk right up to you.
Scenery, sounds, and smells cannot be mimicked.
If a man has experiences the inexpressible, he is under no obligation to express it.
Some folks could care less about other places of the world. Some folks think of a vacation as sitting by a pool with a drink in hand. Most folks cannot comprehend things they did not see with their own eyes, and I feel sorry for them.
It is difficult to put South Georgia into words. It is still a memory that is as thick and wrapping as a parka. It is impossible to explain it in 5 minutes or less. I will be back there again. If I can’t visit it on my feet, then I want my ashes scattered on it when I die.
If you want to talk about South Georgia, the Falklands, the Southern Ocean/Scotia Sea, Santiago, Ushuaia or anywhere else I was on this trip, I’m happy to answer direct questions.
Here are some of my favorite photos (click on them for larger views):