Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock. Orientation is over. Hurry up and pack. Got to get to the airport. What a week. I am happy to be returning to my family but will miss the fun and excitement of being in a new place and meeting new people. I have learned so much and met some truly amazing individuals whom I hope will become lifelong friends! Orientation was so well planned and I am thankful to all those who made that possible. On top of being introduced to all of the technology and logistics of polar travel, I also got to learn some science along the way here in Fairbanks. UAF researchers generously took the time to share some of their knowledge with us. Dr. Jeanette Moore shared some of her research on the Arctic Ground Squirrel, Rick Thoman, a scientist with the National Weather Service talked with us about climate variation in the polar regions and Dr. Pat Druckenmiller shared some history and findings within the permafrost tunnel. I am excited to share these experiences with my students back at Nicolet. I am in awe of this program from start to finish.
I have decided to attempt another video of my experience here in Fairbanks during training. It is below along with a few remaining pictures of orientation and my time in Alaska as part of the PolarTREC cohort 2017. I look forward to updating my journals as I prepare for the trip of a lifetime. Please continue to follow my journey and if you have questions, please let me know and I will do my best to answer them or put you in the direction of someone who can!
Denali on a winter morning
Road to Denali on a frozen winter morning
Winter scene in Alaska somewhere between Fairbanks and Denali
Going down a frosty road from Denali to Fairbanks
Picture of flat lorax at the Alaska Pipeline in Fairbanks