|Packed camera bag complete with luggage tag.|
Seeing the orderly mess of my belongings brings back memories of packing for family vacations. Only now, it's just me, an...dare I say it... adult. I am so excited to be embarking on my own adventure. I'm finally going to this beautiful continent that I've dreamed about for as long as I can remember. Sure I'm studying different things than I imagined, but these questions are far more intriguing, provocative, and thrilling than I ever could have hoped for! It still blows my mind that I've been given this opportunity to study and conduct real research in such a chilling and beautiful place.
Now, while my excitement has finally started to grow, some nerves have been peaking through as
well. Silly stress dreams where I arrive on the ice and realize that I've forgotten all my shoes and socks are telling me that. But I suppose that's to be expected. It's not everyday you travel to a place where you won't be able to cook real food or shower for five weeks. But I'm hopeful. It'll certainly be a story to tell, and well worth it in the end! My excitement definitely outweighs my nerves... at least for now - I need to survive the plane rides first.
|Approximate travel path.|
|Blank field guide itching to be filled in.|
So much of this process has been hurry up and wait. Short deadlines, and long wait periods. But now we're in the final stretch. The waiting period is over. It's time for the next leg of the journey. At this point we'll be spending more time traveling than there is left for preparation. I feel like as soon as we step on that plane, the gun crack and we'll be off to races. Racing towards new questions and interesting answers, taxing research and bewitching wonder - all bundled into the beautiful frozen continent of Antarctica.
I can't wait!