Immediately after are return to Portland I had the 35mm film from the trip developed and scanned, and transfered the digital camera images to disk and quickly organized a page to hold all of the raw images while I wrote up the trip report.
You may be wondering why it took over three years before I even began working on the report. In late December of 2001, as I was stitching together some of the composite wide shots from the trip, I began to feel a little dizzy. By the end of that day I could not walk. By the next morning I could not stand even while holding onto something solid, and could barely crawl about on all fours. The next day found me at the hospital where it was discovered I had a severe inner ear infection, which at least wasn't serious, although it was very painful and disorienting. I missed two weeks of work, and it took still another two weeks on top of that before I could walk properly again. A full month after I had first felt the signs of dizziness, I still had residual bouts of discomfort. And for some reason I associated this illness with the trip (perhaps because it felt much like our ordeal during the typhoon), and so with that unpleasant association I let the images, hand outs, notes, and other documentation from this vacation sit in a box untouched for three years. Time heals all wounds -- even those imagined -- and so in December of 2004 I picked up where I had left off in 2001, and these pages are the result.
We will continue to make updates over time as we add sub titles to the photos in the image galleries, fix typos and misspelled words, and discover the missing journal that holds the lion share of our thoughts and impressions from our journey.
We look back fondly over our Antarctic vacation, and we especially remembered how well the staff and crew of our ship, the Clipper Adventurer performed.
Our total cost for this vacation, including the Everglades side trip and all other extra expenses associated with the journey (like private bird guides and eating out on our own), came to about $10,000 each. Was Antarctica worth it? Yes. We can't wait to go back.
I have used the rest of this page to display the various bits of information and images that didn't fit well elsewhere. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about the trip, or comments about this trip report.
With warm regards,