My Growing Up on Ice Research team members’ answers would be the following:

Heather Liwanag- Yes, milk and splenda.

Heather Harris- No, but she will have tea.

Emma Weitzner- Yes, Decaf, black.

Emily Whitmer- She will drink either coffee or tea, but either require cream.

Bridget Ward- Yes, black. That’s me, so I knew that already.

No, I did not fly out to San Luis Obispo, CA to learn what my team members’ hot beverage orders would be, but over the last few days, we have gotten to know each other well enough that I could go on a successful beverage run in the morning.

The real reason I flew out to San Luis Obispo, CA, the home of California Polytechnic State University, was to meet our research team, and “break the ice” before we got down to the ice, in Antarctica.

From left to right: Heather Harris, Bridget Ward, Emma Weitzner, Emily Whitmer, Heather Liwanag
Growing Up on Ice Team. From left to right: Heather Harris, Bridget Ward, Emma Weitzner, Emily Whitmer, Heather Liwanag

Over the last few days we have spent time organizing and packing equipment, planning out individuals’ roles in specific procedures, getting to know each other on a personal level, and observing Emily and Heather H. working with sea lions. We even put our team skills to the ultimate test, completing an escape room, in which we successfully rescued a magical creature, with five minutes to spare.

From Left to Right: Emily, Heather L., Bridget, Heather H., Emma
Growing Up on Ice team rescues magical beast. From Left to Right: Emily, Heather L., Bridget, Heather H., Emma

I definitely feel like we are a stronger team after the last few days and it is really nice to put faces and personalities to the names of the long strands of emails that appear in my inbox. Unfortunately, one of our team members was unable to join us, Linnea Pearson. I do know that she likes her coffee with a little half and half though, and I feel like that is a great start on getting to know her better.

All jokes aside, I am so excited to meet up again with all these amazing women in less than four months down on the ice. Please continue to follow us as we prepare for our expedition, Growing Up on Ice, and meet our team members and learn about their roles on our research team.

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Mike Penn

I would not have thought that you were a person who prefers black coffee! There is always black coffee available in building 155 in the Galley so you won't have to do without! It's a good thing that you don't need cream too because all of the milk was made from powder and wasn't very good. My team all picked up creamers and coffee in Christ Church to use in the coffee makers in Crary lab. My students and I looking forward to reading your journals! If possible I'd love to connect you with my classes either while you are there or after you get back.

Bridget Ward

Hi Mike,
I love the actual taste of coffee, I have actually been to a lot of coffee farms and enjoy tasting the different brews. Thank you for the tip of building 155, I will definitely be visiting it frequently.
I definitely can connect with your class personally when I get back and while I am in the field make I will be having a polar connect that you and your students can join.
Thank you for following me,
Bridget