Remembering Antarctica

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Antarctica’s beauty is hard to get out of my mind.

Have you ever had a trip that ruined you? One that was so good that once it was finished you never felt another place could live up to it or bring you this feeling again?

That was Antarctica for me.

Exactly one year ago I was in Antarctica experiencing my trip of a lifetime with my father. And a year later I’m still having trouble getting it out of my head. There was something so beautiful about it that I can’t seem to get past it. The moment the ship pulled back into the docks at Ushuaia I knew I didn’t want to get off – I knew I was ruined. I loved the untouched Antarctic – a place where countries, leaders, dictators, and human beings were not in control, we are merely visitors in the cold untouched landscapes and waters.

For years when people asked me where I dreamed of going my answer was Antarctica. However, after achieving that dream, I’ve been lost. I don’t even have an answer for the question any longer. I try to want other destinations like I wanted Antarctica – but nothing is really the same. I try out other names like Alaska, Arctic, Iceland, Tasmania, Falkland Islands, and Bhutan. But nothings seems to jump out at me to focus on like I was focused on Antarctica.

It’s sort of like a relationship that ended unwantedly. You can’t move on. You mourn it, but nothing ever seems to live up to it. I look my Antarctica photography longingly of icebergs, kayaking, and penguins. I mean seriously – how can you not love Antarctica when you see these pictures?

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antarctica sunset

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So – how do you move on from a trip of a lifetime? How can I shake this?

Your Comments

20 Comments so far

  1. DAD says:

    Sherry,

    I was just thinking about this the other day while walking, when a friend I knew asked me what places had I visited in the past year. Antartica was the first place I mentioned. By the way it was -7F outside while we were walking inside. Antartica was really sn experience to remember. Thanks again for inviting me to go along

    DAD

  2. Why do you think you need to shake it? Maybe you need to follow it.

  3. Kristin says:

    Hi Sherry,
    The pull to Antarctica seems to be pretty strong for you…So I found this for you :) It looks like there are some non-scientist roles out there.

    http://www.usap.gov/jobsAndOpportunities/

  4. Love these images, Sherry!

  5. I have not yet traveled to Antarctica, but I have been to Alaska in the summer and winter. You might want to give it a try.

  6. Nicola says:

    I know what you mean Sherry, I have focussed my attention post Antarctica to the Galapagos and have that booked for next year.

    I have also seen a fair bit around Iceland on blogs, at expo’s etc. I think Iceland/Arctic might be my next focal point.

    Hope you find yours too.

    • Sherry says:

      Nicola – sounds like you have a good plan! For some reason I haven’t been as interested in the Galapagos – but I would be interested in the Arctic. Let me know how it goes!

  7. I love all your blog posts but my absolute favourites were the ones about the Antarctica trip.

  8. Amazing photos! They truly seem to be taken on another planet. breathtaking.

  9. Beautiful photos – I can see why you are having a hard time finding a new location you are dreaming to go to!

  10. Kellie says:

    Sherry, I can completely relate to this post, having visited Antarctica this time last year. It is still constantly on my mind and in my soul and I dream of the day I might return. It gets under your skin like no other place.

  11. Sorin says:

    Antarctica is one my dreams too. Kayaking along with the wales is another! Not 2014 but maybe 2015 will experience your dream too!

  12. Dan says:

    So incredibly beautiful! I’m dying to get to Antarctica.

  13. Stunning shots Sherry! The reflection of the glacier is jaw dropping :)

  14. Matthew Fine says:

    I’ve been through Drake’s Passage and gone through the fjord lands in Argentine, yet I have always wanted to go further south. Antarctica will always be my final frontier and I won’t stop until I get there.
    @greenglobaltrvl

  15. Ellen says:

    I was just passing your website along to fellow GAdventures Antarctica voyage member Louise, who is doing a research project on it, and now I’m reading this and you said what I couldn’t even put into words. Such an amazing journey, and it almost does it injustice to say ‘trip of a lifetime,’ I fully agree with you that nothing can compare. It will always hold a special place in my heart, and I’m glad I got to share it with such a great group of people, especially you and your dad!!! (tell him I say Hello!). And you’re picture are truly spectacular, really! I almost can’t believe I saw that with my own eyes!!! Happy traveling!

  16. Louise says:

    Hi Sherry,

    Loved your Antarctic memories! I feel EXACTLY the same, so much so that I am now studying Antarctica as my major at university. Chat soon and happy travels! :)


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