White Christmas – Gordon Wiltsie

This picture reflects a poignant moment in our two-month expedition to Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, during which four of the six members were away from our families. As we sat around a paper tree and shared a Santa hat while listening to Bing Crosby croon, “White Christmas,” our videographer Mike Graber remarked, “What kind of idiot would spend Christmas freezing half to death in Antarctica rather than being home under the tree with his little girls.”

All of us fathers felt that way, but it’s one of the prices we pay to join an expedition.