This photo was taken on Booth Island (Google Map), looking into Pleneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula. This is where polar explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot overwintered in 1904 during his French Antarctic Expedition. He was known for sitting on the ice drinking wine and eating cheese - awesome dude. Left here are the remains of a cairn and an observatory, where a break in the “window” perfectly frames Mount Francais, named for Charcot’s ship. There is also an “F” scratched into the sheer rock which leads up to the cairn.
There’s a story about this photo. When I took it, I could not tell what the orange object was to the right of the fur seal. I squinted, tried to zoom in on it and decided it must be a glove. Only when I got back to the ship to edit did I realize it was the remains of a penguin, sitting perfectly on the rock, possibly eaten by this very fur seal.
The other part of the story is about this day in particular, which stands out as the craziest of my season. It was the 2nd to last trip and the weather had been simply horrid. 4 days of cancelled landings, blizzards, hurricane-force winds. We saw a brief break in the weather and decided to make a go for it at Booth Island, with the agreement among the staff, crew and bridge that if the winds picked up over 45 knots we would hear blows of the ship’s horn and leave shore immediately. I hopped in a Zodiac to be a driver for the operation (with a quick trip to shore to take a few photos), and winds quickly picked up. 45 knots, 50 knots, 55 knots. You can see in this photo that we had 2 anchors down, which is rarely done. It was the only way our bridge team could hold our position. Within 45 minutes, the ship blew its horn but it was so windy none of us could hear it. We knew what had to be done though. The shore team herded our guests back to the landing site and us drivers prepared to shuttle them back to the ship, with waves crashing up to our bows and the type of wind that slices right through you. Goggles on, balaclava up, not a single sliver of skin exposed.
I got my first set of 10 guests in my boat, reversed out from shore and began the journey back to the ship. We were soaked immediately, huge swells, I could barely keep my tiller straight, not to mention maintaining my balance. I saw legitimate fear in the eyes of a few of my guests. It was difficult but I was focused and calm, the only thing I needed to do was get these people back to the ship safely. The most difficult part of a Zodiac ride in poor weather is the gangway approach, where you pull your boat up to the side of the ship, next to a metal structure with stairs. As I approached 3 times, the wind and swells spun my boat around so I was facing in the completely wrong direction. Any way, we finally made it, safely, and I got a big cheer from my guests as they hurried up the gangway and into the warmth of the mud room.
Arnell, one of the able-bodied seaman who mans the gangway grabbed me by the shoulders to give me a warning for my return trip to shore, he said “Lauren, you must go slow into the wind.” I knew this, but I had also never driven in 55 knot winds, gusting up to 65. The drive back to shore, with an empty Zodiac, straight into the wind was fairly terrifying and I knew that I didn’t have the experience for it. I did make it back to shore and swapped out with my Expedition Leader so he could continue shuttling, which was the smartest decision I made this season.
Quite the adventure though. When all the staff were safely back on the ship there were plenty of hugs and high-fives to go around.
How To Find The Best Wedding Halls In Long Island NY
Wedding halls are important and something you should spend time on. You don’t want to host a wedding at a location where you’re not feeling good about how things are unfolding. There are so many examples of badly hosted weddings where the halls were not sufficient.
Do you want to have a wedding such as this? Why not go for a real change to make sure you’re on the right path towards something that is meaningful?
You want to get the best, and it is going to start with a good hall. Here are the qualities of a good wedding hall in this day and age.
How much space are you getting with the hall? Are you happy with the space? You want to go through these details right away before you move forward. It is the only way to go.
If not, you will get a congested location.
2) Fits Your Needs
You will have a set of needs. You are going to want a specific budget, look, and set up. This is the only way you are going to be content otherwise it will be a real failure on your part. It is best to look through all of the halls for this.
3) Close To Home And Guests
You don’t want it to become a difficult location to reach. It can happen when you are not paying attention to how things are moving forward. If you don’t think about these details, you’re going to end up with a location that is far away and not easy on the mind at all.
You have to spend time on this aspect and flesh it out with patience.
If it is close to home, people will be happy about this.
You want to look at the best wedding halls when it comes to Long Island. There are so many great options, and you won’t have to waste time. Just go through the halls and see which ones are going to have these qualities to offer right away.
If you’re not getting this, you shouldn’t be going with them. It is only going to end up wasting your experience.
A wedding only happens once, so you should be spending time on it and making sure you’re good to go in the long-term. It is the only way to feel happy about how it all works out.
About LI Photo Booth Rentals
Our goal at Long Island Photo booth rentals is to make your party or event one to remember, with the newest tech and the best customer service, as our photo booths cater to parties, weddings & corporate events all across Long Island! We take the fun of a conventional photo booth and bring it to your party, event or wedding. L.I.P.B.R is a dose of nostalgia. We take the fun the excitement, we take the feeling of your night and set it to memory. So you can look back and not just know what happened at that event but to truly feel what a good time you had. Thats what L.I.P.B.R does we make your night and make a copy for you to go back when ever you want. A picture can say a 1,000 words.