Part of my research about the United States Antarctic Service Expedition (1939–1941) takes me to Valparaiso, Chile. The USS Bear stopped at several port cities on the way back to the U.S., in 1940. Today, while meeting with a colleague, we found an entry in my father's journal that talks about his adventures in Chile. I realized I'll be able to visit the area to see O'Higgins Hotel, in Vina Del Mar, built in 1936! Admiral Byrd stayed there. Here's another journal excerpt from George W. Gibbs Jr.,
April 23(1940) At Valparaiso Chile. Was up this morning early to get the ship in shape for visitors and do my daily routine. This morning at eleven we were anchored off from the dock about two hundred feet and I went ashore in a taxi. Bought a watch and went to Vina Del Mar, which is eight miles from Valparaiso. Went sight seeing and had dinner at the Hotel Higgins where the Admiral is staying. In the U.S. it would have been impossible for me to be as welcomed (as I felt there).