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Antarctica: An Experience Of Its Own

By Madison Perez

Now that she has visited Antarctica’s frigid regions, this ninety-one year-old has traveled to all four corners of the world. Seeing Antarctica with her own two eyes was extremely important to her. This third visit to the continent brought about her first real ability to see Antarctica. They may never have touched down, but they certainly flew above it.

Mountain peaks, glaciers and fjords were visible during her four hour flight. For a better view, the pilot allowed the plane to descend to just about 300 feet above the ground. Fog covered one of the mountain ranges they passed. Because the weather was so good, they could see well. Because it was early in March, they were traveling at the end of the Antarctic Summer. The air temperatures were still far below zero. The passengers were able to hear a continent researcher lecture during the flight.

She really wanted to see penguins, as she?s been interested in birds her entire life. Her daughter, also a passenger on the flight, spied some penguins far in the distance, though she was unable to see any. They took a ship to the Falkland Islands. These are off the coast of Argentina. She took a boat to the East Falkland Islands, where she was able to see hundreds of Magellan penguins on one beach. Magellans are the tallest of all penguins.

The two traveled for 16 hours by air from the US to South America, where the cruise left dock. Passengers could opt to swim in the ship?s pool, in addition to traveling to many ports of call. Without regard to the near-freezing air temperatures, our ninety-one year-old tourist jumped in and earned a certificate for doing so.

They then docked in Chile, drove to Santiago, and flew to Rio. No one could have asked for better weather during their three week cruise. Even the difficult to find Southern Cross, the smallest constellation, was visible to all passengers.

When she?d last seen South America, the lady cruised the major river system and saw a big city. Because she was able to see the devastation visited upon the rain forest around that river in the few years between her visits, she is deeply concerned about the loss of bird habitat. She has also been to Africa to visit friends and go on Safari. Because she?d already seen, Antarctica was her final continent to conquer. Her flight above Antarctica satisfied that need.

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MLA Style Citation:
Perez, Madison "Antarctica: An Experience Of Its Own." Antarctica: An Experience Of Its Own. 22 Jun. 2010. 5 May 2015 <>.

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Perez, M (2010, June 22). Antarctica: An Experience Of Its Own. Retrieved May 5, 2015, from

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Perez, Madison "Antarctica: An Experience Of Its Own"

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