Antarctic Fox
The log of Rachel and Kevin Fox's trip to the Antarctic Peninsula in the Summer of 2008-9
Introduction: Telling the Story
The preface to our Antarctic adventure

We were given the amazing opportunity to join ten of our family and friends and go on a twelve day private expedition cruise in the Antarctic Peninsula on the Hanse Explorer. Over the course of the adventure Rachel and I took over 16,000 photos while having some of the most amazing and unexpected experiences of our lives.

Having just returned from our trip, we're now going to tell the story in pictures and words, excursion-by-excursion, over the next several weeks. We invite you to join us as we venture further south than the ship had ever gone, witness firsthand the Antarctic circle of life and death, and explore the penguin culture.

Fair warning though: one-by-one, the penguins will steal your sanity!

Hanse Explorer + Penguin

Hanse Explorer + Penguin - Hanse Explorer in the Mouth of "The Gullet", Antarctica with an Adelie Penguin. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Fox Antartica Expedition

Fox Antartica Expedition - The Fox Antarctica Expedition group. Back row: Martin (The Captain), Brian, Peng, Heather, Sara, Alan, Daveen, Patricia, Noah, Rob (Naturalist). Front row: Paulyn, Tim (Expedition Leader), Kevin (me) and Rachel. First time setting foot on the Antarctic continent. - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Snow Chilin'

Snow Chilin' - An adelie penguin cooling off in the snow after coming in from a long swim. Petermann Island, Antarctica. - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Antarctic Beauty

Antarctic Beauty - Crystal Sound, at the mouth of the Gullet. "The Gullet, Antarctica. The narrow channel which separates Adelaide Island from the Antarctic Mainland. Named for the complex of twisting channels that look something like a digestive tract, and choked with ice for much of the year, The Gullet is notoriously difficult to pass through, but rewards adventurous navigators with spectacular views, of the high mountains and tumbling glaciers on each side of the channel." - EYOS - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Table of Contents:

Introduction: Telling the Story posted Jan 10, 2009

Day 0: Positioning posted Jan 12, 2009

Leaving, on a jet plane posted Jan 12, 2009

Day 1: The Herc posted Jan 15, 2009

Day 1: Penguino posted Jan 16, 2009

Day 2: Chicken posted Jan 17, 2009

Day 2: Leopard posted Jan 19, 2009

Day 2: Snow Day posted Jan 22, 2009

Day 2: Shipwreck posted Jan 26, 2009

Day 2: Totally Tabular posted Jan 27, 2009

Day 3: Gentoo Cute posted Jan 29, 2009

Day 3: Lichen Shag Glacier posted Feb 3, 2009

Day 3: Palmer Station Visit posted Feb 9, 2009

Day 4: Icy Penguins posted Feb 11, 2009

Day 4: Adelie Awesome posted Feb 15, 2009

Day 4: Leopard Seal Attack posted Feb 17, 2009

Day 4: Kayak posted Feb 19, 2009

Day 4: Vernadsky Station Visit posted Feb 23, 2009

Day 4: Vernadsky Sunset posted Feb 25, 2009

Day 5: Antarctic Circle posted Feb 27, 2009

Day 5: Polar Plunge posted Mar 5, 2009

Day 5: Mouth of The Gullet posted Mar 13, 2009

Day 5: Ice Camping posted Mar 18, 2009

Day 6: Flamingos on Ice posted Mar 20, 2009

Day 6: Mountain Climbing posted Mar 24, 2009

Day 6: Ice Textures posted Mar 26, 2009

Day 6: Antarctic New Years posted Apr 2, 2009

Day 7: Crystal Sound Icebreaker posted Apr 9, 2009

Day 7: Abandoned Antarctica: Base W - Part 1 posted Apr 17, 2009

Day 7: Abandoned Antarctica: Base W - Part 2 posted Apr 21, 2009

Day 8: Bird Watching in the Fish Islands posted Apr 23, 2009

Day 8: Icee Day - Part 1 posted May 5, 2009

Day 8: Icee Day - Part 2 posted May 11, 2009

Day 9: Port Lockroy - Base A posted May 20, 2009

Bonus Chapter: Baby Penguins! posted May 21, 2009

Day 9: Antarctic Humpback Whales posted June 3, 2009

Day 9: Dallmann Butt Sliding posted June 11, 2009

Day 10: Birthday Whales posted June 23, 2009

Day 10: Hannah Point Part 1: The Birds posted July 15, 2009

Day 10: Hannah Point Part 2: Elephant Seals posted July 22, 2009

Day 10: Deception Island - Part 1: Walking on the Moon posted Dec 11, 2009

Day 10: Deception Island - Part 2: The Martian Chronicles of Oz posted Dec 15, 2009

Day 11: Emperor Penguins posted Jan 8, 2010

Day 12: Black and White and Pink All Over posted Aug 4, 2011

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