On my Quark Expedition to Antarctica we encountered a hurricane, prompting an unscheduled overnight stay on Penguin Island. I had come to Antarctica seeking to follow in the footsteps of my hero Ernest Shackleton. Little did I know that I would get a taste of what Shackleton and his crew had to endure. It's one thing to imagine what it would be like to be disconnected from the rest of humanity and strive for survival. It's another to actually experience it and realize that there is only what rations are at hand and no magical means to be rescued. One can't simply wake up and find themselves safe at home. Minutes turn to hours and still you are there...isolated with no means to return to the world you knew. I came to understand Shackleton, "We had seen God in his splendor, heard the text that nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man."
The unexpected is a part of polar travel. Aside from the routine posting of weather conditions, ice flows, and animal sightings, you can expect thoughts and reflections that go beyond the usual.
board, find out what's the most popular drink at the bar, and hear about friendships made enroute to the North Pole.