December 23 – “Hello…, yes I’m sitting on a plane in Dallas. Just landed. Turned on my smartphone and it immediately began ringing. I’m excited to talk to you...”
Although I was sitting on a completely full plane of Christmas travelers, I chose to answer as it was a number from Alaska I had seen a couple weeks prior and was excited to hear from them. Yet it was curious if Santa was calling me from the North Pole?
It was a call to invite me to participate in a 2020 PolarTREC expedition in the coming months. I was selected from over 200 applicants through a rigorous application and interview process to join Arctic researchers from the U.S. Navy and University of Washington who work on the International Arctic Buoy Programme. An opportunity of a lifetime, to go to the Arctic with a science research team. They even mentioned during the interview the possibility of going to the North Pole! I accepted even though it means missing my grandmother’s 100th birthday during the same week of April.
I’m so excited, I’ve been telling nearly everyone I see that I’m headed to the Arctic for at least a week, most likely longer (hopefully). As it has been winter holiday break for nearly everyone involved, I have not yet received any further information or details. So instead of waiting I’ve been researching what I can:
I can’t wait to share more as I learn more in the coming weeks; especially how to correctly pronounce Utqiagvik.