On January 31st we arrived at port in Valparaiso and disembarked the ship for the last time. We took a day tour with transport to the airport in Santiago. We especially enjoyed the Fonck Archeology Museum and their collection of Easter Island artifacts. In the Casablanca Valley we visited Puro Caballo with a demonstration of Chilean horsemanship. Our overnight flight was uneventful and the most dangerous part of the trip was probably the ride home from DIA in a snowstorm.We were pleasantly surprised to have an Antarctica Expedition team aboard the ship. On sea days, these folks gave PowerPoint presentations where we learned about the research, wildlife, history, and more. Expedition member Cory led the birding each morning at sea, with a Royal Albatross sighting on our last sea day. We made many new friends and enjoyed every moment of the journey.
Growing up on a Missouri farm, I learned to love the outdoors and its creatures. I earned a BS and MS in biology from Emporia State University, and taught biology for fourteen years. Working as a park ranger naturalist for many summers, the beauty of Yellowstone inspired me to return to painting. I have studied with several outstanding watercolor painters, exhibited work in national shows, and received many awards.
The versatility of watercolor continues to intrigue me. Carrying a small watercolor box and sketchbook when hiking or backpacking allows me to enjoy plein air painting. I also work in the studio because summers are short in the high country near Laramie, Wyoming.