Alternative Reality

“There’s no place like home.” Dorothy After driving for twenty minutes, you can reach the closest fast food restaurant. Double that time and you can find a supermarket. Double the travel time again, and in the old days, like last week, you could have boarded a flight to six different destinations, god willing and if […]

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The Streets of Santiago

“Don’t cry because it’s over,  smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss Despite the protests and political unrest, Santiago remains impressive and safe. A clean and sprawling city, houses forty percent of Chile’s population. Seven million live in a large bowl shaped valley, surrounded by the Chilean Coastal Range to the west and by the massive […]

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Chilean Protests

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” Martin Luther King, Jr.   On October 7, 2019 a small group of students gathered in downtown Santiago to protest a 30 peso increase […]

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Return to Chile

Three years later, we returned to Chile, where our western adventure had ended in December of 2016. Having traveled along the eastern coast of South America, to Antarctica, to Cape Horn and up the western coast, we have completed a travel path of the South American continent. A prearranged tour allowed us to disembark the […]

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The Coral Princess

“Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow This post serves as the […]

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New Year’s Day 2020

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” Benjamin Franklin The Coral departed Ushuaia mid afternoon on New Year’s Eve Day.  On the way out, we passed a tour boat, much like the one who guided us earlier in the day, as […]

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The End of the World

““Fin del mundo.”  Ushuaia motto The town of Ushuaia occupies a small spit of Argentinian land in the Tierra del Fuego,  south of the foot of Andes mountains and north of the Beagle Channel. Continuing south other than a small section of unoccupied Chile and the ocean, you will hit the ices of Antarctica. Ushuaia […]

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Around the Horn

“Mountain waves like avalanches, crashed upon the decks The screaming winds ripped ropes and spars and tried to have us wrecked But she rose and fell through foam and swell, her sails all ripped and torn Eight thousand tons, tossed like a cork We made it ’round the wild Cape Horn”          Fairport […]

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Beginning the Journey Home

“See them all in sad repair Demons dance everywhere Southern gales, tattered sails And none to tell the tales All around old Cape Horn Ships of the line, ships of the morn Those who wish they’d never been born They are the ghosts of Cape Horn”           Gordon Lightfoot   The final morning in Antarctica delivered […]

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A Whale of a Good Time

  “Watching a documentary with people hacking their way through some polar wasteland is merely a visual. Actually trying to deal with cold that can literally kill you is quite a different thing.” Henry Rollins   Sailing in an ice field, watching penguins congregate on icebergs, while viewing the rugged Antarctica terrain seems as surreal […]

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