It was 24 months ago that I was packing and re-packing for a trip to Antarctica. It was a big deal. It was a trip I never dreamed I would take. It was a trip that I had always dreamed of taking.
That dream had gone the way of the the dream of Prince Charming, relegating itself to an internal fantasy. There was always that little spark of hope every once in a while. But Prince Charming was fiction. Antarctica was very real. So the hope was a little stronger for that dream.
And when it happened I was a 5 year old child at Disneyland for the first time.
My eyes were wide open, my senses were aware of everything. The cold didn’t bother me. The rolling and plunging boat on the Drake Passage didn’t bother me. The smell of dead krill didn’t bother me.
I was high on my dream.
That dream created another dream and the Edward Bransfield Commemorative tartan became a reality. Penguin Designs, LLC became a reality.
The first scarf that I made in the EBC tartan pattern was christened in the Bransfield Strait, Antarctica one year after my trip. My friend and inspiration, Jim Wilson, dipped that scarf in the Antarctic Ocean and sent me the picture.
Today almost one year later, the second scarf arrived in the Bransfield Strait. The crew of Team South did the honors and sent me this video
All of this to honor the man that 200 years ago saw and charted the Antarctic Continent for the very first time.
As I pack my bags for my trip to Ireland and the ceremonies recognizing the man, I am awed by the connections that led me to this place. I am humbled that, for whatever reason, the Universe put me in the right place at the right time to join in the honoring of a man who, centuries before, found a place that profoundly changed my life.