Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Escape

This picture shows members of the Shackleton Expedition trying to escape Antarctica in a life boat. Believe it or not, they did make it. They did eventually reach Elephant Island, and then an inhabited island over 700 miles away. That is pretty miraculous that they did not just die on the ice in Antarctica.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Shackleton Camp on the Ice

After the Shackleton Expedition lost its ship, the Endurance, to the crushing ice flows, they abandoned ship, salvaged everything from the ship, and then camped on an ice flow. Luckily, the goal of the expedition had been to traverse Antarctica by dog sled, so they were well equipped and well supplied, so could survive an extended period camped on the ice. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Endurance

This is another picture from the 1915 Shackleton Expedition to Antarctica. The picture shows the endurance getting crushed by the ice. This stranded the expedition on an ice flow. Miraculously they survived. It is an amazing story of human endurance and survival. You can read the entire story in Shackleton's book which is available online at Project Gutenberg: 


Saturday, October 3, 2015


Welcome to Explorer Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at the brave men and their expeditions to the arctic and antarctic realms. I can not promise you that all these stories are going to end well.

We start today with this picture from 1916 of the ill fated Shackleton Expedition to Antarctica in 1916. His objective was to cross Antarctica by dog sled, over the south pole. Things went badly when his ship, the Endurance became trapped in an ice pack. It was slowly crushed to pieces as the crew and dogs looked on. The team camped on the ice until it began to melt, and then escaped on the life boats. It was over a 700 mile journey, and it is amazing that many of them actually survived to make it back home.

Friday, October 2, 2015

White Mountains, New Hampshire

Today's picture shows a quaint scene in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is a rural Country Store. You can see a horse drawn buggy out front. The picture was taken about 1908. Really love this peaceful scene, and makes me dream of the days that life had a slower pace.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Virginia General Store

Today's picture shows a rural General Merchandise store. The picture was taken around 1920. The store was near Centreville, Virginia. The owner/proprietor is posed on the front porch.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Michigan Rural Store

Today's picture shows a Country Store in a rural area of Michigan. It was taken around 1900, and the establishment is called the "Cannon Ball". I love the quaint look of the store, and the horse-drawn buggies out front.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Country Store

Today's picture shows a Country Store in Venezuela. The picture was taken around 1900. You can still find many scenes like this in Latin America, especially in rural areas, where things change slowly.