Monday, January 23, 2012
We've all returned to our families and friends and now have some time to reflect upon all that we saw on our amazing journey to New Zealand. I cannot help but think that we have all been very fortunate to have had available to us the opportunity to travel half-way around the world to see, first-hand, exotic animals, participate in activities many of us will never do again (e.g., glacier climbing), talk to folks about life in the southern hemisphere, and see plants and hear bird songs that were simply out-of-this-world! We have many people to thank for our opportunities: the parents of our students, the Mount's administration and faculty for supporting our trip, Emily Marmo for her help in coordinating the trip, Kris Campbell-Defoe and Carol Franklyn at the Balmville School for coordinating our Skype sessions with the Balmville School 3rd graders, and mine and Dr. Moran's wives and children for letting us be away for three weeks during the winter! We also thank you, the reader, for following us during our journey. We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have! Cheers!
Our final group picture. We're back to where we started: JFK airport.