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Monday, November 26, 2007

Can I Change My Mind?

A few weeks ago, I was tagged with a "5 Things" meme. One of the questions was "5 Things I've Always Wanted to Do." One of my 5 things was to "visit Antarctica." Hmmm...maybe I need to rethink that one.

Did you all see the news reports about the Canadian cruise liner, Explorer, which sank in Antarctica after striking ice late last week? Apparently the Explorer's hull was punctured and began taking on water...think Titanic.

Luckily all 154 passengers and crew members managed to scramble to safety aboard lifeboats and rafts and were eventually rescued by a Norwegian cruise ship 2 hours after abandoning ship in freezing weather.

While I like a little adventure, I'm not sure this is what I had in mind. Yes, I know these folks certainly will have a fascinating story to tell when they get home and I'm betting there won't be a disinterested listener amongst their family and friends. But I really want to chance it???

Moral of this story: "Quite often, an adventure isn't fun while it's happening."


Lynn said...

I saw this story and couldn't believe that, on Thanksgiving, you had been discussing going on this trip. Maybe you and Rick should think about traveling by land:~)

Susie said...

When I saw this story, I remembered reading that meme you had done! That had to be beyond scary for those passengers, although thankfully it all ended with them being safely rescued.

meno said...

Aw come on! It's not all that likely to happen again, at least not soon. I hope.

I want to do this trip someday too.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh my gosh, and did you see those life boats??? carnival's are practically home compared to them. they have food, water, blankets, etc. and they hold 140 people each.

smiles, bee

the moose buyer said...

Titanic - Explorer - what's in a name (well the correct amount of life boats for one).

Those people paid up to $14,000.00 for a trip of a lifetime. I guess they got more lifetime than they planned thank God. Could have been a lot worse.
Stick to land cuz!!!

Lynne said...

Definitely something to rethink. Like I wanted to fly in a hot air balloon until I saw a picture of one up in flame. Time to rethink that one too.

Renee said...

Burrrr! That's way too cold for me.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Oh, it's so rare for something like that to happen. Being on land and lots of things could happen there as well like umm... you could be attacked by a runaway lion from a local zoo or a swarm of killer bees or a herd of mad cows that broke loose from the local ranch... hehe... things happen... :)

Mom said...

Life is always an adventure. I'd go in a heartbeat - but I would pack my long johns and parka. The wonder of seeing Antarctica would be worth the chance.I'm going to die. A cruise to Antarctica would be a great way to go.

Mary said...


One of the places I most want to visit is Alaska. Not necessarily a cruise, but a vacation for wildlife viewing.

I'm not sure I would want to visit Antarctica and now I would want to even less. I'm so glad that all of the passengers and crew were able to be rescued. This had potential for disaster.

Thanks for sharing.