Steven has always been fascinated by Antarctica and the extreme conditions it brings to mind. A place on earth where humans were never meant to be. The cycle of life is striped to the bare minimum; the food chain is plain to see; the balance of give and take are fragile; every piece essential to the other.
OAT's White Wilderness offered a perfect chance to fulfill the dream. Their Antarctic program begins with a medical check-up to limit health risks in one of the most remote locales on our planet. Then there's the clothing and photography checklist to assemble: warm socks, waterproof pants, base-layers, parkas, etc.
Getting to the end of the earth takes a bit of time. Steven and Sylvia started in San Francisco (37.8° N), Howard started in Tennessee; and we all headed to Buenos Aires before flying to Tierra del Fuego (54.9° S) to board M/V Corinthian. The ship is a striking example of teamwork in every aspect of our traveler experience. Where to start? OAT operates a very tight ship. The crew anticipates our needs; and the procedure to disembark/embark the zodiacs runs like clockwork. The Expedition Staff prepped us with talks about wildlife, geology, climate, ecology and more.