What is South of South? The Southest!…Ushuaia, Argentina

Itinerary: Wake up super early to catch a plane from Chile to Argentina. Tour Ushuaia through Tierra Del Fuego National Park and take a catamaran tour of Lapatia Bay. Board the National Geographic Endeavour and get used to life at sea. Wow! I thought yesterday was action-packed, but today has been incredible! I could do…

Santiago, Chile – Part 2

Itinerary: Visit Photography Store, Walk around Santiago, Take a Tour of the City, Visit the Pre-Colombian Museum, Grab some cocktails with my shipmates….crash….hard. You get a double posting today because I had some down time earlier. Since my last posting, I took a stroll for a few miles through Santiago in search of a small…

Morning in Santiago, Chile

Itinerary: Arrive in Santiago, Chile and tour the town. We got into Chile at 5:55 AM which is actually 4:55 AM Eastern Time. I definitely got some sleep on the plane, but I’m feeling the early wake up now. I have met most of the people on this trip and made fast friends with a…

In transit: Miami to Chili

Itinerary for today:  Get on LAN Flight to Santiago, Chili from Miami.  Don’t die of boredom. Today has been extremely boring.  Spending the day in the Miami airport is no fun, and expensive.  Fortunately, I was able to find a nice little lounge in the airport hotel to connect from. Security has been a lot…

Last day at work

Today is going to be a “tidy-up” day.  I’ve done my best to tie-up loose ends and get processes in place in case something goes wrong while I’m away.  Something is going to break, a competitor is going to do something we won’t be able to fight back against online, an employee is going to…

3 days to go – time to start packing

It is time for my least favorite part of the trip – packing all my junk.  I’ve already cut a lot out, and I’m still scratching my head on how I’m going to fit this mess in 2 bags. I think i’ve got everything covered on what I was told to bring, and I added…

One week to go! Clean things up while I’m gone everyone.

I’m only 7 days away from hopping on a plane for the trip of a lifetime.  At this point, I’m very ready to go.  There are only a few minor things left to do: Haircut Buy a battery charger Format External Hard Drives Make guide for people to follow if something goes wrong at work…

Albatrosses of the Antarctic Converge

These are some of the largest birds on the planet and the Wandering Albatross has the largest wingspan in the world:  almost 12 feet on a body that is almost 4.5 feet in length!  The smaller of the Antarctic albatross, the Light-Mantled Sooty Albatross, has a wingspan over 7 feet!  Albatross are giants whose true…

National Geographic Endeavour

This article is a complete re-print of a review by on the Cruise Critic website.  It is the most detailed review I’ve found on the ship, and gives a good idea of what to expect from Lindblad Expeditions while traveling on this vessel.  The Endeavour is the vessel I’ll be sailing on to visit the…

Seals of the Anarctic Converge

Fur Seal ength:  6.5 feet | Weight:  200-250lbs Representing one of the greatest come backs in over-hunting by man, the Fur Seal is now a highly populated species of the antarctic converge.  Males are extremely territorial during the breeding period to protect their harem.  They are faster than a human on land and I have…

Penguins of the Antarctic Converge

Here’s a great site showing the various Penguin species around the globe and where they can be found.  In this article I am only concentrating on the species found around the Falklands, South Georgia, and the Eastern Antarctica Peninsula.  Information for this article was collected from the Bradt guide to Wildlife in Antarctica and the…

A South Georgia Gallery by Don Paulson

A recent commentor brought this gallery to my attention.  The photography is by Don Paulson, and I think he has some fantastic shots!  On top of that, he has some depictions of what to expect and see there.  I’m highlighting those here.  If you want to see Mr. Paulson’s complete gallery CLICK HERE. Don –…

Links, Books, Videos for traveling to Antarctica

Places to shop Lindblad to go on an Expedition NewEgg for Laptop Gear B&H for Photography Gear The North Face for clothing and gear Amazon for books and DVD’s Online Articles Luminous Landscapes attacks Antarctica in 2007 – photography trip worth reading Cool Antarctica forums – people who live, travel, and work there flikr account…

What to pack for Antarctica, South Georgia, & the Falklands

When traveling with a travel company they always provide a “What to Pack” list.  In my case, it can be accessed here in PDF format.  Because I had so much time (a year and half from booking to boarding) I had a lot of time to research things.  I could be wrong in some of…

Photography and Technology Gear for Antarctic Voyage

I buy most of my gear from B&H Photo Video or used off of POTN or Fred Miranda.  I am also a born and bred Canon shooter. Bodies Canon 1D Mark IIn Canon 1Ds Canon SD550 (trusty old P&S) Lenses Canon 300mm f2.8L IS Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS Canon 24-105mm F4L IS Canon 35mm f2.0…

Chile, Falklands, and South Gorgia Itenerary

Borrowed from Linblad DAY 1 — U.S./Santiago, Chile Depart Miami on an overnight flight to Santiago. DAY 2 — Santiago With the soaring Andes as a backdrop, Santiago makes a welcoming first impression on arrival — as does our hotel, the Grand Hyatt Santiago, located in a gracious residential neighborhood. The morning is free. After…

Antarctic Trip Specifics and Thanks!

I am traveling with Linblad Expeditions and National Geographic on the National Geographic Endeavour.  These two organizations have a partnership where Linblad supplies the means and National Geographic provides some expert staff.  This voyage is going to be about photography for me, and I’m very excited to have photography experts such as Flip Nicklin, Rikki…

Why go to Antartica?

First off, I’m not actually going to Antarctica.  I am heading to the Falkland and South Georgia Islands near the Antarctic converge.  Most Americans think of South Georgia as a place above the state of Florida and vaguely remember the Falklands as a place where the British fought Argentina, so it is easier to tell…