After such wonderful field work airborne over Antarctica with the team, I had loads to share with students and teachers, and fortunately I had several talks set up. After saying "ciao" to the windy Straits of Magellan and Punta Arenas, I headed to the hot, smoggy, bustling and stylish city of Santiago. I enjoyed the narrow streets, outdoor music and beautiful buildings of this very busy city (my taxi driver told me there are 8 million people in the surrounding area!) and prepared for my presentations. I was fortunate to present about Operation IceBridge at the University of Talca and at Nido de Aguilas International School. Here, I found focused, invested students who were interested in the mission, the findings, and the future of ice on Antarctica. Many wonderful questions and conversations surrounded my presentations, allowing me to make new friends and contacts and share all I had learned.
The long flight home from Santaigo to Denver was easy and comfortable, and I arrived home to my family in time for a relaxing and happy Thanksgiving. With so much to share, I look forward to the winter for arranging more speaking arrangements and bringing all this learning to others here in Colorado.
Follow Those Dreams
In closing, I would encourage all of you reading this to get out there and do what you love, even if it is as weird as loving ice! Follow your dreams and learn as much as you can because life is short, and the world is fascinating! For me, this was a dream come true. After all, how often do we get the chance to fly over the most remote and beautiful place on Earth and learn with NASA? Well, I got to and I'll never be the same.