ecently, 14 intrepid travelers returned from an “Expeditions Adventure” that encompassed the continents of South America and Antarctica. Starting in Buenos Aires, Argentina and traveling to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city situated on the Patagonian peninsula overlooking the historic Beagle Channel, the group then boarded the expedition-class cruise ship, M.S. Fram, and cruised across historic Drake’s Passage en route Antarctica. For the next seven days they explored both the majestic sea life of minke, killer, and humpback whales, elephant and weddel seals, and indescribably-beautiful icebergs and ice shelves; along with many diverse areas of the “seventh continent;” actually going ashore at multiple locations to walk among and photograph the thousands of penguins in their rookeries filled with nests created from shore pebbles, and to view the antics of kelp gulls, cormorants and the Antarctic tern. Experts presented numerous seminars on the history, biology and geology of the world’s last great wilderness.
For nine of the travelers it marked the completion of their quest to attain “Travel’s Ultimate Achievement – Experiencing All Seven Continents of the World.” Doing this qualified them for membership in Please Go Away™ Vacations “Seven Continent Club.” The nine were: Arlene Beaton – Scott City, Mert Curtis – St. John, Kay and Roger Hallenbeck – Great Bend, Gladys Meek – Lyons, June Moore – Wichita, Krista and Perry Smith – Great Bend, and Mary Ann Fox Tammen – Larned.
Travel arrangements were under the direction of Please Go Away™ Vacations of Great Bend, in cooperation with Collette Vacations. The American Eagle Club of American State Bank and Trust, and Please Go Away™ Vacations cooperatively promoted the departure. The group was personally hosted throughout by Krista Smith of Great Bend.