I love lists…I’m obsessed with lists…I like to write things down that I’ve done just to draw a line through them. Yes, it’s a problem – but I’m 42 and I’m not changing anytime soon. This December I get to do something a list-maker like me only dreams of doing – I get to mark things off the ‘Mother of all Lists’ – my bucket list.
Right there at the top – there it is – “Camp on Antarctica and see the Penguins”. I can almost see the pencil poised above the word “Camp” right now ready to firmly press on the paper and pull it across with a fervor and jolt of joy. My father and I leave on the M/S Expedition on Dec. 10th – I can hardly wait.
However there is another item on my Bucket List that could be even more exciting to me than seeing penguins. Down a bit further you’ll find it – “Experience 24 hours of daylight.” Think back to high school geography/science. If we depart on the Expedition Ship on Dec. 10th and are on it for 2 weeks, that means that we will be sailing around the Antarctic Circle around December 21st –the longest day of the year in the southern hemisphere.
“The December solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, it is when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. Depending on the Gregorian calendar, the December solstice occurs annually on a day between December 20 and December 23. On this date, all places above a latitude of 66.5 degrees north (Arctic Polar Circle) are now in darkness, while locations below a latitude of 66.5 degrees south (Antarctic Polar Circle) receive 24 hours of daylight.”
My father and I will be sailing back towards Argentina on the 21st – but we should still get to experience what they call the “midnight sun”, the phenomena of 24 consecutive hours of sunlight south of the Antarctic Circle. At least we’ll be darn close! My father is a bit of a science nut, so I can’t wait for him to get on the boat and get all nautical and scientific –and I’m excited to learn from the crew on the M/S Expedition about the geography of the area as well as more about the midnight sun. I certainly don’t remember much from my 7thgrade Geography/Science classes – so I could use a little refresher.
My dad and I recently talked about our excitement around the longest day as we were planning for the rest of our trip:
Let’s hope that I didn’t just jinx myself by writing this post – but it is one of the things that I’m most excited about for the big #OttAntarctica trip. I’ve got my pencil all ready, let’s hope that I will be able to cross two things off my bucket list at once this December!
Just 1 1/2 more months until we hop on the boat for our 13 day trip with Expedition Trips to reach our 7th continent! Want a little Antarctica inspiration? Check out our #OttAntarctica Pinterest board!
Disclosure: Expedition Trips is hosting my Antarctic Peninsula Cruise. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own – as you know how I love to speak my mind!
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