For students of Antarctic exploration and Shackleton buffs, this is hallowed
ground. The thread of history connects us today. Eight thousand miles away the
nation’s capitol is immersed in the presidential inauguration. In the lounge of
the National Geographic Endeavour, through the magic of satellite, we hear our
new leader’s address to the world. As the speech concludes we get our first
views of Antarctica and complete our day by cruising the shore where 93 years
ago, unable to contact the outside world, brave men waited for their leader to
bring them home.
Of all the exploring my parent have made to Tanzania, China, New Zealand, Denmark, just to name a very few, this one takes my breath away. You can hop on a plane to the south of France but who can say they have been to Antarctica.