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Archive for January, 2009

Final Dispatch

Friday, January 16th, 2009

This is my last entry. We are in the Drake and the swells are massive which means I am down for the count. we should be at Usuaia port on Saturday night. Sunday morning I disembark and begin my long travel back to the States. More
– Darcie Vallant is the the director of education at the Maria Mitchell Association, and is leading a 17-person group on an expedition to Antarctica

Southbound

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

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Last night we dropped the Palmer Station people off at their station, waved good bye and began our journey north to Danco Island. Danco is known to have a Gentoo colony. More
– Darcie Vallant is the the director of education at the Maria Mitchell Association, and is leading a 17-person group on an expedition to Antarctica

Safe Passage

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

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The boat spent the night anchored at Palmer Station. This morning at about 5:30 a.m. it traveled south to pass through the Lemaire Channel. This channel is often blocked by large icebergs, but we got lucky once again and didn’t have a problem getting through. The passage was thin and on either side were mountains with patches of glaciers. The passage only took about 60 minutes to travel through. More
– Darcie Vallant is the the director of education at the Maria Mitchell Association, and is leading a 17-person group on an expedition to Antarctica

Waterfront News

Monday, January 12th, 2009

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It was cold and snowy out there scalloping today. The temperature barely made it to 30 degrees. I grabbed a few shots of the guys working. More
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Waterfront News blog

Penguin Sighting

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

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Ok, I can’t hold my excitement in-I SAW PENGUINS TODAY!!!!. Not only did I see them but two of them came up to me and TOUCHED me!!!. I spent my day surrounded by penguins-a childhood dream came true! Can any of you say that you have had a childhood dream come true? If not, what are you waiting for-make it happen!! More
Darcie Vallant is the the director of education at the Maria Mitchell Association, and is leading a 17-person group on an expedition to Antarctica

Waterfront News

Friday, January 9th, 2009

We’ve been experiencing extreme low tides this week. I went down to a very cold and windy waterfront today and grabbed a few shots. Click here
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Waterfront News blog

The Gang’s All Here

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Today the rest of the Antarctica group arrive. The Maria Mitchell Association has a total of 16 (including me) participants. We are the only group on the boat and we will be sharing the experience with about 80 other people. More
– Darcie Vallant is the the director of education at the Maria Mitchell Association, and is leading a 17-person group on an expedition to Antarctica

Chilean Wine

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

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This morning I woke refreshed and ready for the day after the deepest and most restful sleep in my life (or for as long as I can remember). Today was the visit to one of Santiago’s wineries or Vinedos. I decided to pay $33,000 pesos or $52 dollars to do a half day tour at one of the first wine exporters in Chile, Undurraga vineyard. More
– Darcie Vallant is the the director of education at the Maria Mitchell Association, and is leading a 17-person group on an expedition to Antarctica

Almost to Antarctica

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

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Follow the link below for some pictures (not many, really didn’t see much) of some birds I saw in Santiago. Also a species list (English and Spanish since that is what my book gives). Click here
– Darcie Vallant is the the director of education at the Maria Mitchell Association, and is leading a 17-person group on an expedition to Antarctica

Nantucketers in Antarctica

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

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Hello Friends, teachers, students and interested MMA members:

This blog was created for you to follow my trip with Lindblad Expeditions and the Maria Mitchell Association to The White Continent: Antarctica. Seventeen poeple have responded and will be traveling with me to Antarctica January 5th-18th 2009.

During the trip I will be trying to blog my adventure (I stress “trying” since I will not always have internet connection) on a daily basis. In additon I will post questions for students to try and answer before my next blog entry. Please also feel free to post questions to me and I will do my best to answer them all. For more, click here
 Darcie Vallant is the director of education at the Maria Mitchell Association