Mom, it’s me…I’m calling from Antarctica!
January 13, 2005 | 12:30
Paulet Island, Antarctica
Sitting down directing traffic in the middle of a penguin highway, I was in awe of what exactly my eyes were seeing. It was the awe I knew I’d experience during winter term Antarctica 2005. I wish I could call home and share the moment, if only I had a phone. Chris, our team photographer, came up big with exactly what I needed – a satellite phone.
“Mom, it’s me…I’m calling from Antarctica!” I could hardly believe it myself.
“Brett! What’s it like at the bottom of the world?! Seen any penguins yet?”
“Actually there’s one five feet from me right now. He says hello from Paulet Island, home of the largest Adelie penguin colony in the Antarctic – over 100,000 pairs of them waddling around. He also says I should get off the phone and come hang out…love you bye!”
As I hung up the phone, a chill went up my spine (literally) when I realized what I had just done and where I had done it. It was physically impossible for me to wipe the grin off my face.
See Brett making this phone call
Brett Buckingham '06