Antarctica… Come for the cold. Stay for the Freeze!

I know, I know.  Every experience is the best. Every new adventure, a life changer! So shoot me…

How do you describe the Antarctic?  Baby blue etched in ice, black pounding cresting waves, gales as sharp as a razor’s edge, towering majestic glaciers, sky-souring gulls, bomb-diving petrels, cliff dwelling cormorants, waddling penguins of the IMG_6158Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Macroni persuation, their arch-enemies – the leopard seals, barnacle-covered Humpback and Minke whales, cascading avalanches… A frozen Neverland. Nah. That’s all way to cheesy.   I’m not ashamed to admit that I am not the poet for that level of prose…. Just not equip with the words.

All I can say, is that it was another IMG_6003childhood dream come true.  A plunge into a textbook of National Geographic proportion.  All that, while traveling with a crew of marine biologists, geologist, ornithologist (I didn’t know either – bird experts), and oceanographers.  And to top it off, the bridge was open to the boys and I… we got a crash course in ocean navigation.   Remarkable.

A Picture Tells A Thousand Stories….

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IMG_7108And along with the Beauty, comes the crossing of The Drake Passage, separating the men from the boys. Well, not really. My boys, especially Buck, fared far better than I.  I have never been on a ship where you are thrown from one end of the cabin to the other.

IMG_7109Wow!  We hit a storm on the way home from Antarctica in the “Drake Shake” and all hell broke loose.   I dreaded secretly wishing the experience on us.  The first 3 hours were exciting, but 2 1/2 days into it, I was hoping for a helicopter airlift.

But after the storm, comes the rainbow and sure ‘nuf.   It arrived.  Picture doesn’t do it justice.

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Upon our return to Ushuaia, Twelve in IMG_7155Twelve had the great honor of donating two bicycles to kids in need in the southern province.  Was really cool.  We are working with Ushuaia Extremo doing bike donations to kids to disadvantaged neighbors.  You’ll be hearing a lot more about them and the project.

 

 

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Anyone have any connection with Huffy or Schwinn?

IMG_7251We have just arrived in the northern central area of Argentina working in the Sierras with Howler Monkeys… that’s another “Most Amazing Experience Blog” next week.   Sending big love and thank you for your continued support of our project.  It means the world to us….

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Antartica is one of my dream places to visit – thanks for sharing your pics and stories!

Beautiful pictures! What an amazing place. I’m so awed by the incredible experiences you are giving your children.

wow, the pics are simply breath taking!! i can’t believe you guys have been gone for 9 months, wow. so wonderful hearing about all your experiences. can’t wait to see u all again and hear about it live!! safe journeys and i hope you continue having such great adventures. much love xoxox

the world is amazing, and you have been seeing it at it’s most stunning

So beautiful! What a wonderful, life-altering experience you are having. I envy and admire you 😉
You’ll have to write a book when you get back.

I always viewed Antarctica as a frozen wasteland…guess because it’s so cold and no one lives there. I definitely learned something new looking at these photos. So beautiful. Majestic really.
As always, great to hear from you! Happy Easter Lewis Family xoxox

Wow! You did a beautiful job describing it! You’re right, it’s sounds like something out of National Geographic. But the trip across and back, now that sounds like torture. I picture that show Deadliest Catch, where the ship is tossed back and forth and the waves come up to the deck. The boys probably thought it was cool! But, I prayed and you made it back and forth safely, so I guess pray works. Glad your adventures are still life-changing. You’re missed like crazy here and we’re REALLY looking forward to seeing you in July!! Lots of love to you and the boys, with hugs and kisses too! We keep on praying for you! Love, Sisterette

A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

Happy Easter boyz!

Yet again I am in awe – I just can’t imagine the magic of all that you saw!!!! The Penguins are mind blowing! You are all such heroes – as always can’t wait for the next dispatch – so so so proud and inspired!!!! xoxoxo

oh great…another mind altering experience of the Lewis boys….big woooo, if you’ve seen one picture of Buckford and Jackson in Antarctica, you’ve not seen them all!
Again, and certainly not for the last time you amaze me. While those much wiser than me have said a picture is worth a thousand words, the words you write conjure up thousands of images, thanks as ever and always for letting me be a part of your adventure of a lifetime! (that first part was sarcasm you know) Truly amazing to see the pictures of Buckford running with the penguins, isn’t he the one on the far right??? Seriously boys, it is so cool to know that you are getting to share in the world in so many places and ways, and I know that this is only the beginning of what the world can expect from you in the long term. YOU ARE THE BOMBS!!!!
xoxoxobo

Very cool pictures…an adventure of a lifetime keeps on going!

Great photos! What an amazing adventure you three are on. I love receiving your blog updates. A trip of a lifetime….awesome!!

Absolutely breathtaking photos! What an amazing and inspiring journey!

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