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‘Flat Juliette’ takes scouting to Antarctic

Posted: Monday, Apr 15th, 2013

Rosemary Moeller is shown holding Flat Juliette in Esperanze on the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. In the next photo, Moeller is shown with her husband, Lester, in Hope Bay, Antarctica. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

Going south for the winter took on a new meaning for Lester and Rosemary Moeller of St. Lawrence, and for the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low. In March, the couple returned to their farm after an expedition to Antarctica.

Preparations for the trip included visas, special clothes, and a request from the Miller Girl Scouts. The Scouts were taking part in a program based on the Flat Stanley stories, to send Flat Juliette in her uniform to people and places all over.

They asked where Flat Juliette was, what she had to eat, what she saw and whom she met. Rosemary Moeller, a Lifetime Girl Scout, decided to take Flat Juliette with her to Antarctica.

The Moeller’s sailed from Tierra del Fuego, Argentina to the South Shetland Islands of Antarctic. On the Antarctic Peninsula they made landings at Port Lockroy and Neko Harbour. Around the Antarctic Sound on the Weddell Sea side they stopped at Hope Bay. They sailed on to the South Georgia Islands after that.

There were 200 passengers from all over the world on board the MS Fram of Norway. On board all communication was in English and German. Many of the passengers had been in scouts in other countries, and were interested in what the Miller Girl Scouts were learning.

The couple watched minke and humpbacked whales at sea, fur and elephant seals on the shores, and saw penguins everywhere. Albatross, petrels and skua were flying around the ship whenever they neared land.

They got to see lenticular clouds at Grytviken, South Georgia. They’re not unusual in the Antarctic, and at sunset or sunrise the colors they reflect are beautiful. Also beautiful are the icebergs that are turquoise and white in unbelievable shapes.

The Moeller’s returned to South Dakota knowing for certain that Antarctica isn’t too difficult for people used to Dakota winters.

For the complete article see the 04-14-2013 issue.

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