I'm flying out of Kaohsiung for Kilimanjaro on Sunday to teach this year's summer biology course with Penn State and am starting to put bags together and get organized. I'm always on the lookout for the perfect field bag for my kit; I have a new contender this year and I'm looking forward to see how it compares to the old standard I've had for a decade.
Every year The month of May brings very mixed emotions as I prepare to leave my family behind, but also anticipate the adventures to come. That is one of the things that I love teaching in the field: every time is different and you never quite know what amazing thing will happen next. I'm thankful to have the most supportive wife I could ever imagine, but it is still bittersweet to leave her and the girls behind. I am very thankful for the advance of technology, cellular networks, and data connections to be able to share what we are up on a semi-regular basis.
If there are any parents or friends of our students who are reading, I'll do my best to put up sporadic updates, but please always assume no news is good news. There will be many wonderful stories to come out of the next three weeks. Cheers!