Saturday, April 24, 2010

Organized At Last (sort of)

It seems like I have been packing and thinking about packing and re-packing and thinking about re-packing for this working expedition to Katmai NP for-freaking-ever!

Actually it's been only for about 6 weeks. Hey, that's a totally long time to be thinking about packing! What goes in what box? What do I take now? Ship later? How many pairs of shoes can I take? (Notice I did not say "How many pairs of shoes do I need?").

But I believe I've finally gotten things under control. My 23 pounds of checked baggage are each half-packed. I will buy perishables in Anchorage, stuff my suitcases until they each reach the 50-pound limit, and hope the food will arrive in King Salmon at the same time I do, in a relatively acceptable state of frozenness or freshness.

I am totally beat!
Pity party time!!!

I am sooo tired of running around to the post office, to the bank, back to the post office, to the grocery store, get a haircut, and any number of other trips to wherever I needed to go during the past 2 weeks. Plus there still is one more trip needed to go to the post office. ACK!!!

OK - Pity party is over!!!

What's been most fun is getting together with so many friends and family who have wished me well on my adventure to Alaska. Some geology types have been to Katmai and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes - they said it was totally incredible and that I am so lucky to be going there to live for the summer.

I totally know that.


  1. Welcome to the geoblogosphere! Looking forward to seeing more on your Alaska adventure. You might want to add your blog to so other geologists can keep up with your travels. Your story is interesting: one of my former students gave up (retired) from nursing and VA administration and is in a geology master's program at Fresno state now. Best wishes!

  2. Thanks for the best wishes and encouragement, Garry! Very much appreciated and I will certainly take your advice about adding my blog to those you suggested.
    Enjoy the adventures!