Palmer Station coming up / by Shaun O'Boyle

All plans are finalized for my upcoming trip to Antarctica with the National Science Foundation. I fly on Oct 18th, arrive in Punta Arenas on the 19th and sail for the Antarctic Peninsula on the 21st. This means crossing the Drake Passage on the Ice Breaker Laurence M. Gould, which is already giving me stomach flutters. The Drake is known to be the roughest seas in the world, waves build unimpeded around the circumference of the globe, and they can be huge. Or there is a chance we could experience the Drake Lake, a rare dead calm. Which is what I am hoping for. My stomach is untested on the high seas. There are 4 days left to my project fund raiser. Prints and books are on offer as rewards for your pledge. I’ll be updating this blog throughout the trip as before, and there is an exhibition of this work planned for 2018. More on that later. I’ll also be hosting the Smithsonian Magazine Instagram feed during part of the trip.

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