Holiday Inn Express Springfield
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As I write, we're flying over Manitoba, 7 hours, 35 minutes to go. We'll soon be over the Hudson Bay, then Greenland, Iceland and Ireland. We're still in high spirits and have yet to feel the fatigue that I know is lurking around the corner...But guess what? We lucked out with EconomyPlus seats that happen to have more space than usual because the row in front is for ...
... from the US, my first stop was the US State Department where I communicated with Susannah Cooper, Senior Advisor for Antarctica (cooperSE@state.gov) . She asked me to complete form DS-4131 which is an advanced notification for a US expedition to Antarctica. Based on the information on the form, they classified my expedition as a US expedition which initiates the next two steps. Susannah then put me in touch with Julie Roemele at the ...
... they still had tread on them when we got home. Returning to the hotel room Brian had to break the news to Dana that it was already pretty warm outside. Warm would turn to HOT pretty soon.
We headed out, topped off the tires and began our long day. Dana had the foresight to bring along some Zipfizz. It’s an energy powder that you mix with your own water. She tossed one into each of our Camelbacks and those helped us get through ...
... some of the under-gear I bought years ago fits again. Halleluiah!
Some time back we discovered compressible bags that basically form a vacuum. You stuff them, seal one end and lay on top of them (or roll 'em up) and the air squirts out the other end. We are each packing three days worth of clothing. Using these bags, the clothing ends up taking up the space of one day's worth.
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... the winding 101 Highway south along the coast. We pass amazing vistas, beaches, wilderness and sleepy towns.
Newport, a commercial port with tacky gift shops passes by. Then Yachats, wild Cape Perpetua, and Heceta Head Lighthouse. All the time the ocean is churning below and the rugged coast line reveals beaches, bays and cliffs.
We stop at the Sea Lion Caves, where we descend (in an elevator) through ...