Summer Inside the Circles, and yes, I mean the Arctic and the Antarctic. Tracking summer in a Hummer, a ship, a plane, the dreaded tourbus, I found the Midnight Sun, sled dogs, and penguins galore.

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It's something I wanted to do for years. That is, to be north of the Arctic Circle on the first day of summer (June of course), and then to be south of the Antarctic Circle on the first day of summer in the southern hemisphere (December). This had to happen in the same year, I thought. And so it did. The trip began in June, an easy ride from Seattle to Alaska and the northernmost point in North America. Point Barrow, polar bear country! Then life wound through summer, and autumn, and family, and friends, till I boarded a plane for my flight to Santiago, Chile, and my southbound ship that got me to Cape Horn on December 22. We crossed the Drake Passage in time for Christmas on the White Continent, where I met my first penguin. Join me?

  • North to Alaska: Laying the Plan
  • Reflection Riding
Trip Start Jun 18, 2005
Trip End Jan 01, 2006

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