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Postcard from Antarctica

Marilyn JonesGetting to Antarctica is no easy feat. First there's air travel to Ushuaia, Argentina, the world's southernmost city. From here specially designed cruise ships take passengers across the Drake Passage – the world's most turbulent waters – and finally you arrive in the surreal world of rock, ice and snow.

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I traveled to Antarctica with One Ocean Expeditions on a small research vessel that takes on 125 passengers for a handful of excursions every summer from November to March.

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Traveling along the northern edge of Antarctica offers all manner of ever-changing scenery. Great mountains and glaciers reflect the summer sunlight against a backdrop of crystal blue skies.

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Seals cruise by on ice flows and penguins swim past the ship as it cruises the still waters.

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Twice a day passengers take small inflatable Zodiacs out on expeditions looking for whales and other marine life and often visit islands.

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On one excursion to Half Moon Island, I sat on the beach and photographed Chinstrap and Genntoo penguins and seals. I sat very still and was eventually surrounded by the curious animals.

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After five days of exploring, the ship headed north toward Argentina. I stood on deck and took a few more photographs before we entered the Drake Passage for the two-day journey back to South America.

For me this truly was a trip of a lifetime.

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