Sunday, October 21, 2007
Keeping in Touch from Antarctica
Like the geese and other migratory birds, I'm heading south. Unlike geese, who head toward warmer climes, I'm going as far south as I can. Because I may have about as much access to phones as geese do, but more opportunity than our feathered friends to keep in touch via the internet, I'm preparing this blog so that friends and family can track my journey.
Comparing myself to a goose ignited a certain curiosity. Where do the geese go? Check out the Ross' Goose as well as the patterns and perils of migration.
My journey will begin (like the geese) by air. I depart from Denver on American Airlines a week from Thursday, on November 1. My all-night flight takes off from Dallas and arrives in Santiago on November 2. By evening of my second day away, I'll be in Punta Arenas, Chile. As it was originally settled as a penal colony and posting for military soldiers with "problematic" behavior, looks like I'll fit right in. The place looks astoundingly beautiful, remote, and peaceful, but popular enough to be home to 120,000 people with ancestry as diverse as Great Britain, Yugoslavia, and Spain.