Date: 8/23/19 10:02 am From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Giriunas Antarctica
Thanks to George Gove for the following post.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:50:18 -0400
Subject: Ida Giriunas Antarctica
One of the things I remember about Ida is from an excerpt of the book "End of the Earth: Voyages to Antarctica" by Peter Matthiessen. This book recounts a Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) trip from Hobart Tasmania to Antarctica in which Ida participated. I used to have the excerpt but I cannot find it; however, I shall recount what I remember of it.
The first stop on the trip was at MacQuarrie Island. The procedure for the stops on these trips was for the ship to anchor offshore and participants would descend a ladder over the side to a platform at the water's edge and then board a Zodiac for the trip to land.
In Ida's enthusiasm, she was the first to go down the ladder and be on the platform. At that moment, the ship rolled toward the platform, submerging it and Ida at least to her waist. The rest of the participants looked on in horror and when Ida came up, all asked if she was OK. Although Ida was wet, this had not dampened her spirits or her enthusiasm.