If you haven't caught on, I am having a hard time letting go of Antarctica. I think this should be the last post on the subject. I have some cool things to write regarding my hike in Patagonia but haven't felt ready to write them down.
On board of the Orlova, one of the passengers organized a photo contest that each of us was invited to put forward their favorite photos that they had taken on the trip. The winner of the contest is my friend, Beth King. Her and her husband, Keith, were part of the LA contingency that I hung out with during the last part of the trip. The also restocked me with many travel items they had in their packs. A welcome practice that the long term traveler enjoys when it happens.
I have shared a few of her pictures in my "marathon" and "marathon friends" slide shows but I wanted to share with you the winning entry of the photo contest.
The winning entry of the Orlova photo contest by Beth King
As part of seminars on the Orlova, we were provided with sessions on the history Antarctic exploration. The expeditions and exploits of Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton were provided to us by the ship's historian. A listing of books were provided for us if we were interested in reading more about these explorers. The one I picked up after we got off the ship was Sir Ranulph Fiennes, RACE TO THE POLE: TRAGEDY, HEROISM, AND SCOTT'S ANTARCTIC QUEST.
The book was an enthralling read and well documented using mostly the first hand diaries and letters of the men who were involved with the expedition. Fiennes attempts to discredit the many recent scholarly detractors of Captain Scott. I will tell you at the end to second to last chapter as I read Scott's dying words of his last letters, I had tears come to my eye. Fiennes had done such a good job creating the background and made me feel connected to the man that I actually was moved by a non-fiction book. Needless to say that if you are a fan of explorers, Antarctica, and the pure determination of man wanting to conquer the unknown, this book is for you. I highly recommend it.