Nope, haven’t lost my logic, reasoning or math skills but have arrived at this equation because I’m really excited about wintering in Antarctica again, this time at Palmer Station where the winter-over crew will be somewhere near 20 people as opposed to the crew of 60 that I wintered with at The South Pole.
Palmer Station is located on the Antarctic Peninsula and is accessed via boat from Chile as opposed to flying from New Zealand to get to McMurdo and on to Pole. The station is on Anvers Island and actually lies two degrees north of the Antarctic Circle. An interesting tidbit while we’re on the subject of significant lines of latitude – points that lie at the same or greater latitude of the Arctic/Antarctic circles will all experience at least one 24 hour period of darkness in their winter and one 24 hour period of sunshine for their summer – that’s how these lines of latitude were determined. Pretty cool eh?
My Life is a Dream!
Seriously. I can’t remember ever having it so good. I have been on an enormous high the past several weeks – first having gone snorkeling and experiencing the magic that it has to offer, then learning to surf, which was most definitely a spiritual experience and then extending my time in Hawaii – taking advantage of the freedom I have which allows me to do this and now, having been offered this uniquely wonderful opportunity. I can’t imagine that my life could get any better.
Most Likely to Succeed
I remember very clearly thinking a lot about what is “success” during high school when it was a big deal to vote for someone to be the most likely to succeed. Did this mean becoming rich? A sports star? Being regarded as an expert in your field? None of those answers worked for me and in my youth I ended up defining success as having enough time and enough money to do the things you really enjoy doing. As I grew older this morphed into an even broader and more general definition which really isn’t a definition at all, but closer to a meditation – that is to say that only you can define success for yourself and in my opinion if you’re trying to measure your success, well, you probably will never be successful. Right now, I feel successful. I can’t imagine ever living any differently than how I am now – this is THE LIFE FANTASTIC!
So…what of my travel plans? Well, I think I’m in the midst of learning a lesson, and that lesson is something along the lines of STOP making so many plans for the future. I’ve always been one to book way ahead for flights and sometimes even hotels. Lately this has worked very much to my detriment. The logical being in me is now trying to figure out some way to put what I’ve learned about planning ahead into a mathematical equation; for instance, if my trip is going to be longer than three weeks it might be best to wait until the very last possible moment to book anything. Perhaps the real answer is to let go a little bit and “roll with it” more.
The fact is that I’ll now be given a company paid plane ticket to South America and can travel as much as I want on the other side of the contract so, since this is actually in line with my original plans, those plans will remain mostly intact and merely be delayed by a few months during which I will be able to save even more money and won’t be on such a tight budget for this trip when it does happen.
“To infinity and beyond!”