For a short, difficult month to spell, February sure has a lot of special days packed close together.

Happy President’s, Presidents or Presidents’ Day – depending on what paper you’re reading. This holiday started out as a day to celebrate George Washington. Later Lincoln was added on. Now it’s generally accepted as a day to honor all presidents.

Today is Ernest Shackleton’s birthday. Sir Shackleton was a hero to my father and brother. I’ve been thinking about the name of his last voyage to Antarctica on the Endurance. In 1915 the Endurance became frozen in an ice floe.

Frank Hurley’s 1915 photo of the Endurance frozen listing is haunting. Click on photo to enlarge.