With not much left to do before I begin this whirlwind of a trip, I'm twiddling my thumbs and receiving all the good vibes from my friends and family out there. *Side note, the blog has already had 300+ views in just a few days! I raise my glass to you, my friends and internet trolls.*
I've received a few questions about details that others might find interesting, so I thought I'd post the answers here. These aren't thrilling questions, but they are pretty neat if you're into crop life conservation and arctic sun patterns! ;0
1. "Why now? Mid October seems like a trivial time to start on a project?"
The reason I specifically have to go at this time in October is a pretty badass reason in my opinion. The vault only opens four times throughout the year, and this October is the last chance I have in 2016. Until a small team from the Genetic Resource Centre flies into Svalbard where the Vault is located, there is no chance of getting into the Vault. It is a narrow gap of time, so I'm going to have to make the best of every last second of it.
2. "Do they have marijuana seeds in the vault? ;) "
I will snoop around when I'm there and get back to you about this.
3. "You love the cold, plus you're from Chicago. You can't possibly think it'll be that bad up there, right?"
I have a lot of pride for my love of winter; this is unquestionable. Even though the Vault is at the outer rings of the Arctic Circle, my trip should prove to test this love of cold... I'm hoping that since my visit is not during the dead of winter, it won't to be too much of a change from what I've experienced in the past... though the core of the Vault is a comfy and constant -18°C for seed preservation ...
I think Brian Andreas put it best:
4. "Is this gonna be one of those things where the sun's like gone and it's like dark all the time and stuff?"
hmph.. umm well, luckily no. I see what you're imagining but this won't be THAT epic of a quest. There does reach a point in the year (late November to January or February) that the region experiences a black-out from sunlight, which creates the best time of the year to view the Northern Lights. I, however, will still be graced by the presence of that little bit of warmth, which I will need every last ray of.
5. "This isn't going to be a Julie & Julia blog moment for you. Sorry, toots."
I know this isn't a question, but it was too good to pass up. I can only hope one day someone portrays myself in a movie.. maybe Jesse Lee Soffer.. just putting it out there.