August 1, 2012 Ready, Set, …Dutch Harbor in 48 hours
Am I Ready?
The answer is a definite …maybe. Since this is my second expedition to the Arctic aboard the icebreaker, USCGC Healy, I know the essential items to pack: steel-toed boots, computer, camera, and Maryland-made morale goodies for everyone on-board.
Learning from walruses, polar bears, and other northern animals, a blubber layer is important when living in the far north. I expertly handled that preparation with turtle sundaes, phosphates, ice cream cones, and homemade root beer floats as I toured my favorite ice cream parlors last week near Massillon, Ohio. Taggarts, Milk and Honey, Dalton Dairi-ette, Woody’s Root Beer Stand, and Cleo’s have all been in business for over 55 years. Oops, I cannot forget Kraus’ Pizza, too.
Since the Healy is a floating city, I can wash clothes, use electricity, and stay warm inside unlike other expeditions to Polar Regions. Sunny days and night, warmer weather… the rest of packing should be easy.