Expedition Blog

Travel from the U.S. to Moscow
Travel within Russia

A wonderful byproduct of only being in Russia every other year is the total lack of language retention and the resulting excitement when an uttered word sounds familiar.  At this point we are both wallflowers, only remembering small bits of Russian as conversation flies by at an incredible rate...

OK, about to board for Paris! Then 5 hours in Paris (meet Seth there, inbound from Boston), then a 4 hour flight to Moscow (meet Volodia there, and clear customs), then another 4.5 hour flight, arriving Krasnoyarsk at 6:00 in the morning on Friday the 13th! Surely a good sign. I'm typing on our...

5Jul 2012

We're getting ready to leave in 8...7...6 days! I've got 50 poly sample bags, 24 Cliff bars, five mechanical pencils, three bottles of 100% DEET, two rolls of Gorilla tape, one Rite-in-the-Rain field notebook. Begins to sound like a song. It'll be me (Lindy Elkins-Tanton) and Seth Burgess,...

At the airport in Krasnoyarsk... Roma is waving

140 kilograms. That is the magic number.

We have 140 kilograms of rocks, plus or minus a kilogram here or there, and Priority Number One is getting them home to Boston. In previous posts, we have verged on sappiness in describing our affection for each and every sample that we have taken...

Wind-driven chop on the Maymecha River, near 71.2N, 99.4E, in Arctic Siberia

Today we have eaten four bars of chocolate, two fat-heavy packages of Russian ham, a brick of orange cheese, two bundles of string cheese, dried fish (shaped like a stick), salted raw fish, boiled chicken, four cubes of white sugar (on Seth’s tab), pasta cooked until mushy, Pringles, one liter...

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