Roughing It

I’m not a nervous or anxious person. It takes a lot for me to feel anxiety. In planning my upcoming trip to Antarctica, I’ve been  reading daily on what to expect especially when crossing the Drake Passage. If you don’t know what I am talking about, here are a few links to educate you on what going through the DP could look like.

http://www.coolantarctica.com/gallery/scenic/weather/Antarctica_weather3.htm

Keep in mind, it’s not always like this. It could be fine or it could be worse. Regardless, I find the videos I watch on YouTube to be both frightening and amazing. I am trusting that all will be well as these are trained experts navigating the ship through what is considered the “roughest waters on the planet.”

How do I fair when it comes to seasickness? I don’t know. I have been on boats but not long distances like this (10 days) and not in rough waters like this. I did once go 50 miles into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico to go deep sea fishing and I spent a majority of our four hours fishing feeding the fish my bait, otherwise known as my vomit. But I’m not going to blame it on choppy waters and a small boat. In the ocean/boat’s defense, I did go out the night before and enjoyed some drinks and street tacos in Rocky Point, Mexico. Was it seasickness? Was it the booze? Was it the food? I won’t know until next week.

With that said, I have taken precautions and stocked up on ANYTHING ginger, holistic Chinese pills, CVS brand Dramamine, and Sea-Bands worn on your wrists to help. Keeping my fingers crossed our sail will go smoothly and I don’t throw up on anyone. And I’m guessing that having a glass of wine while going through the DP would probably be not be the best idea.

Wish me luck as I’m roughing it through the Drake Passage!

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