IF the weather cooperates this will be my last day in McMurdo (and that is a big if). I am scheduled to bag drag tonight and then begin the long trek home tomorrow, as long as Antartica cooperates. I've absolutely got mixed feelings. This place is beautiful but it is harsh. The people are great but I miss my family. I've learned a lot but it's been hard work. I guess I'm ready to go home but I wish I could make it back someday. That is a very doubtful prospect though because very few people ever make it here. I hope I made the best of the experience. The trip home is daunting. I'm looking at about 27 hours in planes and then I need to put my life back together after having stepped out of it for a month. When I get back I will be saying a lot of thank-you's. I owe a lot of people a great debt for supporting me in this. People like Dr. Madsen, Janet Warburton, and Elaine Hood did a lot of work getting me here and helping me make the best of my stay. I owe thanks to the NSF, ARCUS, PolarTREC, and the people of McMurdo Station. I left my kids for a month and they have been strong for me (but their mom is the one I really owe). I owe thanks to all of the people at my school Dr. Skedel, Beth Davis, Rick Forrest, Carrie Lawler who supported me in this. I owe a big thanks to everyone who tuned into my webcast (especially Casey and Alex who tuned in to my first one despite a snow day). And I owe a debt to my students who supported me, asked me great questions, commented on my journals, and shared this experience as much as they could. Thanks everyone. Oh and today I visited Castle Rock and went to a funeral for a truck. Antartica is weird and I shall miss it. But keep in mind that I'm not on the plane yet and sometimes Antarctica has its own ideas on how long you should stay. But fingers crossed.