One of the mottos of traveling to the ice is "don't pack a pest", meaning do not introduce non-native species. The penguin is okay, but I will have to hide the polar bear
I got up pretty early because of all the sleep I got on the planes, so I went for a run through the Botanical Gardens, stretched, breakfasted, then read until I had to go the Clothing Distribution Center (CDC) to have my cold weather gear issued to me. When I returned, I went to eat at a Korean and Japanese place with Hyomin and Chris Seymore, the two people from UNH that are helping me out. After that, I just wandered around and read again. Tomorrow we wake up early, check in, and head to McMurdo.
Before I left, my cousins Maya and Leah each gave me a stuffed animal to take with. Here begins their voyage.