This week, The Forum at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church presents an Antarctica adventure at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the church, 1738 Sage Loop.
Traveling aboard the good ship Sea Spirit, Bill Priedhorsky and Melissa Bartlett of Los Alamos made their way to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the South Shetland Islands before landing on the continent of Antarctica, a voyage of more than three weeks.
Penguins, seals, whales and sea birds were in great abundance and they observed many rare species such as the Hourglass Dolphin, South Georgia Pippit and Cobb’s Wren.
“For me it was thrilling to walk down the beach among the king penguins, fur seals and nesting albatross,” Bartlett said. “I actually had a 200-pound baby elephant seal try to sit in my lap!”
Priedhorsky participated in a hike on South Georgia that retraced the steps of the explorer Ernest Shackleton on his famous rescue voyage and the couple also visited tiny Elephant Island where Shackleton’s men waited four long months for his return.
Everyone is welcome to join the congregation in finding out more about this fragile and starkly beautiful wilderness at this talk and slide show.