Thursday, February 12, 2015

Number One is off to the Ends of the World

So Number One is off to his Antarctica Expedition... and I have half the world praying for his safe journey. Well, maybe not quite that many people. 

Number Six announced the trip when she wrote our recent Christmas letter: 

In February, Patrick will retrace part of Grandpa Mike’s expedition to Antarctica during the 1957-58 International Geophysical Year. During that year, Grandpa worked in a navy cargo ship for the University of Chicago, measuring cosmic rays in Antarctica. Patrick will be traveling in a small Grand Circle ship. On the way back, he will visit Brazil. Mom is praying his Antarctica ship won’t be icebound! We’ll have to compare his penguin photos with Grandpa Mike’s. 

He set up a list of siblings and parents to send photos and keep us updated, but the last we heard from him was before embarking. And these were the photos he sent from Ushuaia, Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego, where the port of departure was. He is traveling with Grand Circle Antarctica Expeditions if you want to watch the promo video/know more information. 

Keep praying with us and I will keep his trip updated here!

Here is the script of some of his last texts:

Good morning everyone. Today's itinerary: Tierra del Fuego national park, then embarking on the ship.
Got our Antarctic briefing. We will be going to the peninsula and aiming for 2 landings a day.
(Number Six: Cool! Are you going to sail in the Strait of Magellan?)
We are south of the straits. And chile owns/controls the strait. We are boarding soon to take the drake passage.
(Number Four referred to a Top Gear Episode filmed there) 
Thomas, they were talking about the Patagonia top gear episode here. I hadn't watched it yet but they said they had inflammatory license plates and then chased them out of the country. 

Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina


Visiting the infamous prison


Fin Del Mundo: "End of the World"!

Tierra del Fuego National Park

His ship is the smaller one, not the luxury one. I am wondering if it looks seaworthy enough??

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