Roving Reporter | "Explorers Club Explores Rockport" by Jeanette Larson

Bev Trifonidis (r) with the Cultural Arts Districts
welcomes Nancy McGee (l) program director for the Texas
Chapter of the Explorers Club to the Sorenson house
On Saturday, August 11, 2018 twenty-four members of the Texas Chapter of the Explorers Club met at the John Sorenson house for a luncheon sponsored by the Aransas County Historical Society and Rockport Cultural Arts District.  Lunch was followed by a tour of the Baylor-Norvell house hosted by Wayne White.

White spends most of his time in Antarctica where he works as the Winter Site Manager at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He will be deploying again in October and during his time at the South Pole, he and his crew of 42 will face nearly six months of darkness and temperatures of more than minus 100 F.

White's Rockport home, which he has owned since 1999, is filled with memorabilia and artifacts from his travels and explorations. Additional items on display were purchased from other collectors. Many items are displayed in themed settings that represent the area of the world that was explored or from exploration and adventure movies. White told various tales about the items and shared his exploration stories with guests.

The Explorers Club is "an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore." Founded in 1904, the "Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon."  Saturday evening, the Texas Chapter sponsored a talk by White, "A Year at the South Pole, about his experiences living and working in relative isolation in Antarctica.

Wayne White at the South Pole (photo courtesy of Wayne White)

Cairo, Egypt



Guests sampled hardtack, Shackelton Whiskey, and other foods that would have been "enjoyed" by members of the Shackleton's polar expedition. 

Props from Raiders of the Lost Ark

Robert Falcon Scott and expedition team circa 1911


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