Monthly Archives: August 2012

Photo Essay : Elephant Island, Antarctica

Posted by on August 23, 2012

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.

I visited Elephant Island in January of 2012 as part of the Spirit of Shackleton voyage on the M/S Expedition with G Adventures.


Monday Travel Update – Riviera Maya Edition

Posted by on August 20, 2012

One of the 1,000's of centoes outside of Playa del Carmen

One of the 1,000’s of centoes outside of Playa del Carmen

I spent the last week in Playa del Carmen getting to know a part of Mexico I hadn’t explored before. Technically, I had been in Cozumel during a cruise stop once before, but I didn’t explore the area and certainly didn’t get out to see any of the Mayan ruins.

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…)