Chief Science Correspondent
After months of preparation and anticipation, it's difficult to believe that my journey to Palmer Station, Antarctica has finally arrived.
Yesterday afternoon I lugged my suitcase and backpack onto a bus from Athens to Columbus, Oh. Now, I'm sitting in la Agencia Palmer in the Santiago Airport.
Traveling as a scientist can occasionally be challenging. Our collaborators at Virginia Tech built an aquarium for our experiments at Palmer, and had to transport the parts to Palmer. My advisor and I brought an additional four bags, fifty pounds each, from Columbus to Santiago.
Both rooms are decorated from ceiling to floor with USAP, marine, and Chilean-themed photos and trinkets. A large cabinet displays a perfect scale model of the Laurence M. Gould, the icebreaker that will transport us from Punta Arenas to Palmer. We'll also use the ship for collecting fish specimens.
It's been a long trip, and there's still a long way to go. But I can't wait for the adventures that lie ahead!