Each time I sit down to write this, I find myself at a loss for words. How do I properly convey all the excitement, nervousness, and anticipation that has been building up? Seeing massive icebergs thousands of times larger than the size of my house is still unfathomable to me. Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands is the ultimate bucket list trip for so many. There are dozens of reasons why I cannot wait to go, but when I sit back in solitude, close my eyes, and see myself embarking on the Island Sky, the thought of visiting these three remote destinations really makes my heart skip a beat.
The first animal documentary I remember watching repeatedly was March of the Penguins, and I hope to experience firsthand what I saw on this documentary. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before and it left me in awe, and I can't wait to see some of the 200,000 king penguins that breed there.
Stepping foot on the Antarctic continent is probably the reason why most people want to take this trip, and I am no different. Growing up we learn about the great explorers who traversed this planet, reaching into the unknown. I can’t help but think of Shackleton and his men who helped pave the way for me to have my very own, much more comfortable experience of exploration. Getting into the Zodiac for the first time, feeling the crisp, cold air across my face, and setting foot on the continent is going to be nothing short of thrilling.
I know I would have never been able to do so many of these unique adventures, such as spotting an albatross from the deck of the Island Sky, if I did not work for Zegrahm Expeditions, and that is one of the reasons why I love my job. If you asked me a year ago what an Albatross is, I probably would have guessed a fish. So, imagine my surprise when I visited the Zegrahm home office in Seattle, looked up, and saw this gigantic life-size albatross model in the office. Trying to figure out what this huge bird was all about, I spoke with a colleague who had been on this trip and learned out about this bird’s massive wingspan. Flash forward a few months later, and I have my binoculars ready to go.
I am so excited to experience Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands the Zegrahm way. I look forward to sharing all these special moments as I spend three weeks living the life of an explorer, navigating one of the most pristine places on this planet. Now it's back to walking around my hotel room, trying to break in the boots I bought for my Antarctic adventure. I can’t wait!
Stay tuned for updates from Rebecca’s epic Antarctic adventure!