By Kathi Pinkston July 5th, 2009 | 6:58 am
All great adventures start with that which is unknown or unanticipated. That is my perception of Antartica. No one really lives there. Any of us who see this wilderness, regardless of the length of our stay, are mearly visitors. All that we document becomes a part of it's history, a part of it's mystique.
Certainly, we expect to see bears white as snow, birds wearing tuxedos, whales that we've seen painted on airplanes. But what we really want to experience is the vastness of white with peaks and valleys, the sight and sounds of roaring storms that defy our understanding, a profound quietness where the only sound is ice flowing, the mysterious beauty of the color blue that is often copied but never duplicated. We'll probably ask silly questions like "if you stand on the south pole, can you feel the earth spin?" Or "can you see the big dipper or is it blocked by the equator?" Or "do you feel like you're standing upside down?"
What would it be like to be a part of this experience as it unfolds? Vote for me and you will be!