|Pretty mountains (sketchy driving though)|
Starting the road trip in Fairbanks, AK went well and Fairbanks is a pretty awesome city. University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) has a small ski park complete with jumps and rails right on campus. There are awesome snowshoeing/cross-country ski trails all around campus. It was daunting jumping into the truck with 3 of us and Nukka crammed into the cab about to start 4,700 miles of driving, but also exciting at the same time.
|So many great ski lines|
|Little kids pretending to be polar scientists|
Entering the USA in North Dakota was our first sign that we indeed were making good progress. It was fun meeting up with friends now that we passed along the way. We also had countless incredible interactions with teachers and their classrooms as we continued the trek back to Dartmouth. Once the Uhaul finally pulled into campus last week, I think we were all thoroughly exhausted. Although there was some loss of the precise temperature gradient in the sea ice, we were pretty psyched to still have Arctic sea ice after such a long adventure. The number of obstacles/challenges we overcame is simply staggering. We turned off the generators for the final time, loaded all of the ICE-MITTs into a cold room at the med school, cleaned up our disaster we had created in the back of the Uhaul, and enjoyed a weekend off... finally.
|Why did the bison cross the road?|
Sadly, this does represent the end of my 3rd (and potentially final) field season at Dartmouth. However, the adventures and stories I've had during these 3 expeditions will remain with me forever. Plus, knowing my interests, I'm sure I'll find my way back to one of the poles, if not both, at some point in the future. Until then, so long.