Grytviken and Stromness, South Georgia
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  • 20 Feb 2022

Grytviken and Stromness, South Georgia, 2/20/2022, National Geographic Endurance

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Today was a day filled with history! Grytviken was the first whaling station founded in 1904 by Carl Larsen. In the morning, we made our way ashore to enjoy the rich history of the place. A couple groups enjoyed hikes in the surrounding area, and everyone visited the museum and post office. We joined Conor Ryan, our whale expert, on a wonderful tour of the workings of the whaling station. Most importantly, we gave a toast to Shackleton, a.k.a. “the boss.” In the afternoon, we made a landing at Stromness and enjoyed a lovely stroll to the waterfall that Shackleton had to pass through, literally, on his way to salvation. A wonderful and historic day in South Georgia!

The Men That Don't Fit In

-By Robert W. Service

There's a race of men that don't fit in,

A race that can't stay still;

So they break the hearts of kith and kin,

And they roam the world at will.

They range the field and they rove the flood,

And they climb the mountain's crest;

Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,

And they don't know how to rest.

If they just went straight they might go far;

They are strong and brave and true;

But they're always tired of the things that are,

And they want the strange and new.

They say: "Could I find my proper groove,

What a deep mark I would make!"

So they chop and change, and each fresh move

Is only a fresh mistake.

And each forgets, as he strips and runs

With a brilliant, fitful pace,

It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones

Who win in the lifelong race.

And each forgets that his youth has fled,

Forgets that his prime is past,

Till he stands one day, with a hope that's dead,

In the glare of the truth at last.

He has failed, he has failed; he has missed his chance;

He has just done things by half.

Life's been a jolly good joke on him,

And now is the time to laugh.

Ha, ha! He is one of the Legion Lost;

He was never meant to win;

He's a rolling stone, and it's bred in the bone;

He's a man who won't fit in.

Source:The Spell of the Yukon, and Other Verses(1911)

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