We are All Antarctica is a story about my father George W. Gibbs, Jr’s adventures as the first person of African descent to set foot on the continent of Antarctica. He sailed on the famous ship the USS Bear in 1939 to 1941 on Admiral Byrd’s III expedition to the South Pole. It was the first joint venture with the US military and private exploration. Gibbs went on to serve humanity in countless ways, paving the way for not only people of color in the community of Rochester, MN but for all people to become more human, serve their community and appreciate differences.
Through compassion, tenacity, faith and countless hours in the trenches, Gibbs’ life is a model for community service, equality and fun. As the lowest rank on the ship, he was honored for his contribution at a time when people with dark skin were considered less than human.
This story integrates my experiences with natural healing, the arts, the science of the ice, the metaphysics of the South Pole and the history of the expedition and its mystery.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Seal and Bird Encounter
You may have read my earlier post about (almost bumping into) seals. Upon reflection, I realize desire to feel and touch everything I could about Antarctica. On some level, I wanted to (literally) bump into the animals. Some of them will bite. In the end, stayed safe!
Received note from a friend today. It's a female southern elephant seal. Thanks Gail!