HomeDecember 2016One Last Flight

I made my final flight just in time. You could probably hear my sigh of relief around the globe.  Now on the 3rd leg of my trip (still day #2), my travel itinerary was back on schedule. And, I had a window seat to witness the spectacular transformation of the Chilean landscape below me.


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My “Spanish teacher” on the final leg of my flights.

I also had wonderful company on the flight. I sat next to a Chilean mother and her eight-year-old daughter. The little girl seemed intrigued by my blonde hair and poor ability to speak Spanish. We both giggled as we tried to communicate with one another. Even with our language barrier, she persistently pointed to objects around us, pronounced their Spanish names deliberately, and waited until I repeated them back correctly. 

I would then repeat the same gesture to her in English. Within our 4 1/2 hour flight, we learned to communicate with one another and share our travel stories. The girl and her mother were traveling to the southernmost city in Chile to celebrate New Year’s Eve with their family.  I would only spend a couple of nights in the same city before departing on the last leg of my journey to Palmer Station, Antarctica. Any ideas where our flight landed? Here’s a hint… this port city is considered a Gateway to the Antarctic


Check out the video to learn where our flight landed.

NASA.Antarctica.thumbnailWhat geological features are found near the flight path? How did they form?


One Last Flight — 6 Comments

  1. Have a great time and I will definitely enjoy following your expedition. I will also be sharing this with my pre-service teachers here at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I have one student teacher who went on an expedition to Antarctica a few years back–can’t wait to share this link with her!

  2. I am excited to follow along with your adventures! My husband is currently deployed to McMurdo Station, Antarctica to support the NSF and the research expeditions. He is a member of the CT-ANG and I can’t wait to hear about these adventures. Safe travels!

  3. I am happy to follow along with your blog. Can’t wait to let my students in on your great adventure. Thank you for reaching out to educators. What a wonderful opportunity for us to share with our classes. Enjoy the journey.

  4. I am looking forward to following your posts and sharing with my middle school students. Soon we will be studying the connections between structure and function in plants and animals. I am sure that the organisms who call Antarctica home have some highly unique characteristics!

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