Journey to the bottom of the Earth, Grafton residents trip to Antarctica

GRAFTON, Vt. – Join your neighbors for an adventure to the bottom of the Earth! On Thursday, May 3, Will and Laurie Danforth, board members of the Nature Museum, will share their recent month-long expedition to Antarctica and the southern ocean at 7 p.m. at the Homestead Room of the Grafton Inn in Grafton, Vt. Immerse yourself in the overwhelming beauty and power of Earth’s coldest, driest, and windiest continent as the Danforths share this bucket-list experience.

The Danforths in Antarctica. Photo provided.

Laurie explains, “It’s hard to imagine a trip to a more dramatic area on Earth. The wind and waves were crazy; there are teeming colonies of birds, marine mammals everywhere, and landscapes that seem otherworldly. Plus we had fantastic expedition leaders – it’ll be impossible to pack all that we learned into an hour, and show all the great photos…but we’ll give it a shot.”

Antarctica holds a special place in the imagination of travelers worldwide. As mountaineer Jon Krakauer, author of “Into the Wild,” wrote, “Antarctica has this mythic weight. It resides in the collective unconscious of so many people, and it makes this huge impact, just like outer space. It’s like going to the moon.”

Antarctic Fur Seal. Photo provided.

The Danforths’ travelogue will bring guests into the cold beauty of this otherworldly landscape. While often described as desolate and bleak, the Antarctic and the southern ocean regions are, in fact, abundant with wildlife and activity. Earlier in 2018, a team of ecologists revealed the discovery of a previously unknown supercolony of over 1.5 million Adélie penguins on the Danger Islands near where the Danforths were traveling. The Antarctic continues to surprise researchers and inspire wonder across the globe.

The Danforths’ presentation will include their photography, personal stories, and a question and answer session. This event will be held at 7 p.m. on May 3 at the Homestead Room of the Grafton Inn in Grafton, Vt. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and refreshments from the Grafton Village Bakery will be served. Seating is limited. To avoid disappointment, please purchase your tickets early. Purchase your tickets at or at the door. All proceeds go to support the Nature Museum’s work to connect our communities more deeply to the natural world.

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