A visit to Antarctica . . . . .

Centre. Did you know it only takes five and 1/2 hours to reach McMurdo Station from Christchurch? Three hundred and fifty flights a year leave this official ‘Antarctic Gateway’ city and this is why the United States has its Antarctic Center in Christchurch.

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And to bring in the tourist dollar, the International Antarctic Centre museum is across the street. Visiting it will be the closest to Antarctica that I ever get!

Forrest and I got to be in a pretend Antarctic storm only it didn’t feel pretend. Winds gusted at 40 km and the temp was -35 C. Here we are pre-storm:

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We opted for a Swedish-made Hagglund ride. This all-terrain amphibious vehicle is widely used in Antartica. The ride included an ‘if-the-ice-breaks’ demonstration through a windows-high deep pond.

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No visit to Antarctica would be complete without penguins, right? (Only these world’s smallest Little Blue penguins don’t live in Antarctica- they live here in New Z.)

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