This classic Peter, Paul, and Mary song kept strumming through my mind as I stood in the airport ready to board my flight on Dec 26th. It was hard saying goodbye to my family over the holidays, but their unwavering support gave me much comfort. I safely met up with the rest of the research team, including Dr. Lee, in Miami, FL later that day. We then had a 9 hour flight across the Atlantic to Santiago, Chile. From there, we landed in Punta Arenas on December 27th, which is the southernmost tip of Chile. It's summertime here in the southern hemisphere, but a chilly and windy one! I can't wait to give you more details about my trip so far, but it will need to wait till I have a better internet connection.
I am sitting here now on the Lawrence M. Gould icebreaker ship, waiting to depart on the final four days of the voyage to Palmer Station, Antarctica. I won't have an internet connection till I arrive and get settled. It won't be the smoothest boat ride, but I look forward to this next part of my adventure! Bon voyage and I wish you a Happy New Year!!!!