Photos From a Dream Trip to Antarctica

Reader Sandra Kossacoff shares photos from a cruise to Antarctica with her family in celebration of her 50th birthday.

By , Thursday, Mar 17, 2011, 12:00 PM

Source Article: Photos From a Dream Trip to Antarctica

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Zodiac boats negotiating their way around icebergs in the bay at Booth Island.

(Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff)

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A gentoo penguin with the National Geographic Explorer in the background at Port Lockroy.

(Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff)

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Howard Fullman and Sandra Kossacoff in a kayak.

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The National Geographic Explorer anchored in the bay at Booth Island.

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A leopard seal resting on an iceberg.

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An Adélie penguin with two chicks.

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A blue-eyed cormorant.

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Sandra Kossacoff and Howard Fullman in their "fabulous" National Geographic Expedition red parkas on the bow of the ship in an ice-covered bay.

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A chinstrap penguin tobogganing.

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Orca whales.

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Casey (16) and Alex (20) Fullman at Booth Island with the National Geographic Explorer in the background.

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Port Lockroy, a former British base during World War II and a scientific research station after the war. The main building has been restored and is now a museum. It also houses the only retail store in Antarctica, which sells souvenirs, and a post office, where we mailed cards bearing Antarctica postage and got Antarctica stamps in our passports.

(Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff)

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A sign painted on a building in Ushuaia, Argentina, that describes it as the "World's End," or "Fin del Mundo"; this is where we boarded and disembarked the National Geographic Explorer.

(Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff)

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Valparaiso, Chile, a hillside city covered with colorfully painted homes.

(Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff)

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It's challenging to drive along the narrow, hilly streets of Valparaiso, Chile.

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Colorfully painted homes in Valparaiso, Chile.

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The view overlooking the harbor of Valparaiso, Chile, from a balcony near the 21 del Mayo Maritime Museum. From left to right: Casey, Sandra, Alex, and Howard.

(Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff)