Most of us will never go to Antarctica. Fear not. West Virginians Larry and Will did. And yes, they brought a camera.
This is the second in a two-part series about an adventure south. Way south. Last week we island hopped from the southern tip of South America to the Falkland Islands. Today we get one more island stop before heading to Antarctica.
Cruising out to the open ocean, Larry and Will’s tour arrived to South Georgia Island. Here they made multiple stops to take in the variety of landscapes, wildlife, and history.
First up, the Salisbury Plains:
Penguins weren’t the only animals on the plains:
There was also another bird Larry and Will came to see. But they had to climb to witness it up close.
From looking at life that takes to the sky, to looking down at that which comes up from the ground:
Finally, there was the human element of South Georgia Island–past and present.
No longer conducted today, the whaling industry of yesteryear was a significant part of the culture, development, and the economy of the Western world.
Another draw to these southern-most reaches of the globe has been exploration. And a story for another blog–or for your own investigation–is that of Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated but heroic voyage. He and his crew’s survival tale is the stuff of legend. Shackleton is buried here on South Georgia Island:
A few parting shots from this magnificent island:
Next, Larry and Will’s voyage had them curl back around toward Antarctica:
Things got whiter.
Larry and Will made it to the top of the world, from the bottom of the planet.
Thank you for sharing your adventure, guys.
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