So at the end of January I went on vacation to Antarctica (sadly, Bertie and Ethel had to stay home, at the local Animal Retreat and Canine Sports Center where they had two play breaks and a snacktivity every day...Judging from Ethel's disappearing waist, the snacktivity was a major hit).  The crossing of the Drake Passage between South America and Antarctica involved a Force 9 storm and major seasickness (such that I seriously considered throwing myself overboard, but since I couldn't actually stand upright, I couldn't get up on deck to do so).  The storm blew us over to Antarctica a half day early, so our hikes and Zodiak cruises went to some extra places, yay!  The first half day and the two following full days were what we all expected -- the weather changed every 10 minutes from snow to sleet to biting wind to sun and back again, and sometimes weird combinations.  But everything was breathtaking, it is a land of superlatives, and no words or photos truly do it justice.  However, I'll throw a few pics in below, just for fun.

 

But where do the Corgis come into it?

 

Ah, the evening of the second full day, after hiking hills in wind that bent us double and sleet that covered my glasses, I pulled out my Corgi butt earrings and showed them to my dinner companions.  "These are my good luck charms," I said, "The power of the Corgi knows no bounds.  Things will improve from here."

 

Lo and behold the next three full days were brilliantly sunny, no wind, calm seas -- absolutely gorgeous in every way.  The expedition leaders said one day like this was great, two days were odd, but three were unprecedented.  We had animal encounters with crabeater seals and humpback whales that they hadn't had in years (so close, we got whale spit on our glasses), and we even saw one, lone Macaroni penguin (we named him Kevin).  It was just amazing.

 

Every morning, people came over to me, to make sure I still had the Corgi butts hanging from my ears.

 

Gotta love the power of the Corgi!

 

Anyway, here are some critters we met along the way.  There's nothing quite like having baby penguins collapse for a nap across your feet -- with their little feet hanging out back, much like a tired Corgi pup.

 

I apologize for so many non-Corgi pics, but there just didn't seem to be any on the adjacent ice floes....

 

Adelie penguins on an ice floe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gentoo penguin babies, basking in sun, and investigating the visitors

 

 

Fur, Crabeater and Leopard seals (and weird yellow beasts....)

 

Wildlife photographer waiting for Skua to fly for an action shot 

 

baby Humpback whale and mom alongside 

 

And finally, an iceberg with "eyes" that actually glowed with blue light 

 

 

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Comment by Kara with Dasiy & Scout on February 16, 2012 at 3:08am

WOW!! Thank you for sharing!

Comment by Geri & Sidney on February 16, 2012 at 12:43am

What an amazing adventure! Thank you for sharing your story and your photos.

Comment by Joelle Soupe on February 15, 2012 at 1:04pm

That's awesome! I love those earrings, so cute! Your Alaska pictures are great too! I've always wanted to do an Alaskan cruise, maybe I will some day!

Comment by Susan Stanton on February 15, 2012 at 12:08pm

That's right -- it's late summer there, so the weather was much like our CT winter, hovering around freezing, and when the sun was out, positively balmy.

 

I'm sorry to tell you this, but those earrings were a gift from someone who saw them online (eBay or Amazon, I forget) -- and we've NEVER been able to find them again!  Which makes them even more special and powerful, I guess ;-)

Comment by Peggy Woods on February 15, 2012 at 11:40am

1st off - wear does one find those glorious earrings?

2nd - it's "summer" in the Antartic, so naturally this is when one goes.

Yes, penguins seem to be the "corgis" of the bird world, don't they? Your pictures are breathtaking! I've been longing for an antarctic vacation as long as I can remember :) Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Comment by Kathy Losacco on February 15, 2012 at 9:41am

First off, I didn't know it was possible to vacation in Antarctica, and who would think to do it in the middle of the winter (don't you want to go somewhere warm).  That being said, what an amazing adventure.  Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

Comment by Jennifer Markley on February 15, 2012 at 9:39am

I am so jealous!  What beautiful photos!  I would love to do something like that...but I HATE being cold.  It is so true about corgi luck--glad you took the earrings!!

Comment by Bev Levy on February 15, 2012 at 8:39am

Sounds like a really great trip! Your photos are wonderful and I am glad Bertie and Ethel had a good time at camp! Years ago we took a trip to Alaska (passage cruise) and pulled into the dock and I saw two corgis walking along with their owner. It was a thrill for me so now you know you are not the only crazy corgi lady...corgi power!

Comment by Emily & Scout on February 15, 2012 at 7:35am

Looks like it was an awesome trip!  Ive always wanted to go to Alaska.  Antarctica just seems too cold... If I do somehow get a chance to go, I'll remember some type of corgi memorobilia.

Comment by Ellen Andersen on February 15, 2012 at 6:14am

Wow!  What a trip!  Beautiful pics!  Glad the lowriders had a good time, too!  Never underestimate the power of the CORG!

 

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