View from the Crew
Words and Photo by: Boomer Jerritt
Over the past four years, I have been witness to many fascinating and unique experiences traveling to our planet’s polar regions in both the northern and southern hemispheres. As an employee on an expedition ship, we see truly amazing animal encounters and circles of life that are played out in front of us.
As crew, we also witness the harsh and unforgiving landscapes of the polar regions, bathed in an ever-changing and shifting light that highlights water, ice, and rock forged from the Earth’s core. But what I find truly fascinating on these voyages is how people - young and old and from all walks of life, financial means and demographics - come together.
We witness the harsh and unforgiving landscapes of the polar regions, bathed in an ever-changing and shifting light.
Strangers from all parts of the planet are drawn together for two weeks or so to experience the grandeur of what our planet has to offer. Intense friendships are forged, tears are shed, and laughter is shared over drinks at happy hour as passengers reminisce on the day’s experiences of their landings or Zodiac cruises. With no internet or social media readily available, people are engaged and present, genuinely interested in each other.
And yet at the end of the voyage, passengers once again go their separate ways. They take with them their shared experiences, emails and contacts, and connections that may or may not continue as everyone once again resumes their lives. Our planet may be large, but I feel that the connections nurtured on voyages like these help to make our planet truly a small place!
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