Today was my day to get everything done before leaving for the field tomorrow at the crack of dawn. I ran around, gathering my gear, shipping extra stuff I don't think I will need home, and shopping for food for the road tomorrow. The folk at Alaska Science Support, where all my gear is from, were welcoming and kind. I was welcomed to the warehouse by the sweetest pup, Lea. She got some good pets as I reflected on how much I miss my two 4-legged grrls back home.
I picked up my mosquito gear, a winter jacket, boots, gloves, rain gear, sleeping bag, and weather-proof overalls for the field work. Fran had everything collected for me in a laundry basket and all I had to do was try stuff on and go on my way.
Then I headed over to the ARCUS office for new camera batteries. And finally, Fred Meyer. You can find anything and everything at this grocery chain. I grabbed some fresh fruit and some water for tomorrow's 12 1/2 hour ride. The bus company, Dalton Highway Express, told me that the bus stops for food and bathroom (outhouse) break, but I wanted to have something on hand just in case.
My mind is racing. I have been waiting months for the expedition to begin and tomorrow is the big day. I get goosebumps just thinking about what I will experience up in the field. Tonight I will finish up my laundry, take one more shower, and try to get some sleep. 'Try' is the key word.