Monthly Archives: August 2012
Photo Essay : Elephant Island, Antarctica
Elephant Island, a tiny spec of land on the Palmer Peninsula, holds a special place in history of Antarctica exploration. This was the location where the men of the HMS Endurance, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton landed after more than a year stuck in the Antarctic pack ice. Shackleton set off from Elephant Island in a lifeboat to make the 800 mile journey to South Georgia Island to get help. He made it and managed to return to rescue the entire crew. A bust of Luis Pardo, captain of the Chilean vessel Yelcho, sits on Elephant Island today.
Monday Travel Update – Riviera Maya Edition
So far I’ve explored the ruins of Tulum as well as the much larger ruins of Coba. Coba had the feel of a smaller scale Angkor. In addition to visiting the Mayan ruins (of which there are many in this area) I also had the pleasure of visiting a Mayan family and a Mayan village.
It is interesting to hear first hand just how ridiculously off-base the so called “Mayan Prophecies” surrounding 2012 are. Some of the things I learned: (more…)