Another road trip
On the road again...Brien came to Tucson for a visit and I dragged him out to California for a quick road trip to see relatives. My main objective was to visit my beloved Aunt Ida, who has long been my inspiration to see the world.
She was the first, and only other person, in my family to visit Antarctica and she did it back in the 80s, long before I even knew the continent existed. My family always thought she was a bit wild and crazy for going to places like the Galapagos Islands or South Africa or Peru but I always thought she was the coolest person on earth and I wanted to be just like her. May I live to be 91 years old too and have as many stories as she has to tell.
After visiting Ida in LA, we then headed down to San Diego to see my brother Keith and his fiancee Irene (alas, I didn't get a picture of them on his Harley). We also we met up with the notorious Glen, a fellow Polie from our 2005 winter.
For those of you who know him, you'll be happy to hear that he's indeed alive, working a respectable job as a botanist and is not in jail. He's loving being back on his home turf and knows all the great places to hang out.
Brien and Glen at the South Beach Bar and Grill, home of the best fish tacos in San Diego.
And we finally got to see a koala. It wasn't quite the wilds of Australia, but it was still awfully cute for a captive. At least this little guy is in no danger of becoming road kill in New South Wales.
A real live koala at the San Diego Zoo
And it just figures that we Americans are no better than the Kiwis that I made fun of earlier in my blog. Why is it that no one seems to get it? At least the polar bear exhibit at the San Diego Zoo didn't actually group real live emporer penguins with the real live polar bears like the gift shop did. And by the way, we finally saw "Happy Feet"...very cute but I didn't know that the female emporers had cleavage and curves like that.
Now the three month vacation is nearly over. I head back to Denver on Jan 18 for training and orientation then start the migration south on Jan 21st. We'll lose a day and arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand on Jan 23 and if all goes well, I'll be strapped into a C-17 bound for the ice on Jan 25. After a few days at McMurdo for more training, I'm scheduled to fly to South Pole on Jan 30 but of course that's all at the mercy of the weather and we know how uncooperative that can be. Stay tuned...
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Oh yeah - I have no idea what happened to Jeff...maybe he's taken a vow of silence until the NFL playoffs are over.