The Seventh Continent

Well, we decided to go WAY "down under" and survived to tell the tale (January 7th-27th). Actually, it was on a cruise ship, and was nothing like what Scott, Amundsen or Shackelton experienced. But we did get to see it. This is supposedly the last year in these waters for the big ships that burn heavy fuel oil and we were on one of the last. HFO has been banned from Antarctic waters by the International Maritime Organization and all future visitors must go on smaller ships that burn lighter oil. Such ships are more expensive to operate, hence the trips will cost much more. It was a wonderful, relaxing trip with lots of good food, great scenery, and good company (another trip with the Gundersen's). Lots of days at sea with nothing to do but read, play games, and enjoy the White Continent.