"CAPE HORN?!? man, i wish i could kick that off my bucket list, that's a once in a lifetime experience!" i'm a weather guy. in the same way i'm a turbulence and rough seas guy. for me, there's nothing better than experiencing the best and most extreme this planet has to offer. and if you're down around cape horn, you're probably very similiar. or you're very, very lost, and you'll want to get out in a hurry. but it wasn't that bad, which means if you really tried hard, you could make it to the railing on the top deck against the winds. and it's not to say the ship didn't hit significant swells, or list and throw everyone into walls, because it did, but it felt eerily calm knowing the waters we were sailing. in the moment, it was the changing skies from a hail storm to momentary sunshine before another downpour, all in about five minutes, on a continuous cycle, with a landscape you couldn't dream about that took my breath away. but in the larger picture, it was knowing that i was at the literal end of the earth, and that a few hundred kilometres to our left, was antarctica.
once in a lifetime? bucketlist? yeah, probably... in the same way the aurora borealis were a once in a lifetime opportunity for me too. something i'd go see to say i've seen it. hardly. i don't live that way. i go for the magic of the moment, and the countless moments that take your breath away. and those moments, wont ever just be, once in a lifetime.