27 November, 2000
Well the time has finally arrived!!! I guess it is time to really get excited. I will be leaving today on one of the most memorable experiences of my lifetime. For me a trip to the South Pole rates right up there with getting married and being at the birth of my son. I really am having trouble finding the words to describe how I feel. I am both happy and sad. Happy to be finally going on an adventure that I have dreamed about since childhood, and sad that I will be missing a special season with family. One upside to being away is being able to communicate via e-mail and phone while I will be gone. This should make the separation easier, especially for my son and wife, who with out their love and support I wouldn't be going.
On to other business, The local paper, The Billings Gazette, did a nice story on my trip in today's edition, they also have a link on their webpage www.billingsgazette.com to TEA, and will be publishing images from my trip from time to time. The TV station that I work for(KTVQ our local CBS affiliate)will be doing a 5 minute package tonight at 5:30PM, about an hour after my flight leaves Billings. KTVQ will also have a link from www.ktvq.com to the TEA site. KTVQ is trying to set up live voice reports from the Ice on a weekly basis. I am hopeful that we can do that. The competing TV Station(KLUR our local NBC affiliate)did a nice package about my trip on the 14th of November and has a link to TEA on their website www.klur.com. With all the links and coverage I think that most folks will be able to follow my experience easily. Now all I have to do is get reliable e-mail!
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