Two Strikes For Antartica

It has taken me a few days to get the motivation to write this. I threw myself into work and a few side projects not really wanting to think about it. Right now I should be in Antartica. But I am not. For the second time in a row. This time I made it halfway before I received the dreaded email:

We regret to inform you that there has been a situation with your ship…

new-years-2014I arrived back home earlier this week, disappointed. Two years in a row I have booked a trip to Antartica – with different tour companies – and both times there has been an unavoidable issue with the ship. It’s hard to get angry. I guess it is better now than when you are on the ship in the middle of the Drake Passage. It happened to G Adventures, the first company I was supposed to travel with.

Oh well, that’s the life of those of us inflicted with wanderlust. Sometimes you just have to roll with what comes your way. The ol’ saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” doesn’t quite fit people cut from the same cloth as I am. I prefer the more travel orientated version “when life gives you lemons, make a Pisco Sour”. Besides, it keeps with the South America theme of this post.

What’s next then? I’m heading back to South America in the new year to trek through Torres del Paine and complete the O trek. I’ve been to the Patagonia region before, but was pretty sick on the trails. I didn’t look up much. I want to fix that this time. Between now and then though, I’m probably going to hit Yosemite over the Thanksgiving weekend before a short trip for work to Japan. And, I’ve started researching the classic Walker’s Haute Route which stretches between Chaminox and the Matterhorn.

Obviously, sitting still is not in my nature.