This is my ride for at least the next few days, and my lifeline to civilization for the next month.
The Laurence M. Gould is a scientific research ship. I will be a stowaway.
The original plan had been to take a take 10-day journey from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Palmer Station on Anvers Island, dropping off research teams on even more remote field stations farther north on the Antarctic peninsula.
The rumor in port this morning was that we would instead head straight to Palmer because sea ice was making the other destinations trickier to get to. Unsure how that will shake out, or what it means to my chances of being able to visit places other than Palmer. In any event, I'll shiver happily.
Obssessives (that's you, Mom) can track the progress of the ship by clicking on this link or the link listed on the right hand side of the blog. (Also, remember to vote in our poll, also listed to the right. Antarctic Convergence, bring it on.)
We board the vessel at 2 p.m. local time today and, we hope, cast off at 8 a.m. Monday.
The boat looks pretty cool, but it seems like it could use a racing stripe, and a pair of fuzzy dice.