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An Extraordinary Journey

An Extraordinary Journey

An Extraordinary Journey

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Well, it’s time to head home. Here we are leaving Palmer Station (Thanks to Greg Larsen for such a beautiful pic to send us on our way!)  We left earlier than scheduled because of the weather that is ahead.  It sounds like it’s going to be a rough trip home, probably 30 ft. swells on the boat, and it is uncertain at this moment how we are getting home because of coronavirus impacts on travel. I am choosing in this uncertain time to think about all the wonderful things I have had the opportunity to be a part of here.

 The last few weeks have been overwhelmingly amazing!  The scenery has been breathtaking.  The science going on here is incredible. And, I think more than anything, the people have been extraordinary.  The scientists here on the LMG and at Palmer Station are top notch.  It has been such an amazing experience to learn from them, a privilege to participate in some of the science achieved in Antarctica, and be a valued part of the team.  I would like to give a special thanks to Scott, Jacob, and to J.D., our team leader.  I appreciate SO much the teams support and  J.D.’s caring attitude and help on this trip. He is an exceptional leader and an even greater person! (And his photography is phenomenal!! Thanks for sharing with me!)  I hope that sharing some of their stories has been inspiring to you as it has me. Every day was an adventure. We have taken a million photos!  Here are just a few more incredible pics I would like to share…..they really are worth a thousand words!

Not only the scientists on board, but all of the crew have been fantastic!  From a chef who has fed us like we were at restaurants every day, a MCP who has been a wonderful guide, to MTs’ (Marine Techs) who have taken us in the zodiacs and done countless other jobs onboard, and a captain, mates, and engineers who have navigated the way to extraordinary places. I can’t begin to express the gratitude I feel for such a group of people. Thanks to ALL of you for making my journey such a memorable one.  I will never forget you!

Antarctica has changed me. How could being in some of the most magnificent places I have ever seen, not?  Trying to explain and share it with you has been a challenge.  The pictures don’t seem to do it justice.  But¸ I hope that the glimpse that I have given you will inspire you.  Sometimes in life you are given unexpected opportunities.  My advice… EMBRACE them!  Even if it seems unobtainable, unbelievable, or a challenge!  This trip has certainly been all of those for me, but I am a better person because of it.  Antarctica has taught me a lot about myself. I am capable of more things than I ever could have imagined! Parts of me have come alive that I thought were gone, like being an artist.  I have realized in a new and wonderful way that the world has so much to offer!

So if I can leave you with one thought, it would be this…..  DREAM!  DREAM BIG!  There are so many things out there for us to experience.  I know that the world is uncertain these days, but as one of my good friends always says….”this too shall pass.” There are opportunities are out there for you to go amazing places, experience new things, and follow whatever dreams you may have!   Your “Antarctica” is waiting for you!

A final thank you to all of those that have shared my journey…..I wish you all the BEST of Antarctica.

Ms. Debbie

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