This is the big day. This is the day I have been waiting for. It has been two and a half years since I first made my initial plans to go to the North Pole. This day consisted of getting up at 7:15 AM and leaving for LaGuardia Airport at 8:30 AM. I caught Air Canada flight #775 to Toronto, Canada and then Air Canada flight #127 to Edmonton, Canada. I arrived at the Westin Hotel at 5:45 PM. There will be drinks at 7:00 PM and a dinner at 8:00 PM in the Crown Room #2009. I am staying in room #845.
I am very excited. This is a once in a lifetime adventure. My memories will be captured on film and my thoughts will be transferred to this log.
We all met at 7:00 PM for drinks. Everyone that is involved on this trip is an extremely fascinating person. I am the youngest of the 10. I believe that the oldest is a 70 year old woman. (Actually, the oldest is 79).
The "leader" and guide of our expedition became ill 5 days before our adventure was to begin. So, Dr. George Llano was replaced at the last minute with Pat Sutherland, a woman who is working on her Ph.D. in archaeology. She seems to be a very good replacement.
The meal that we all enjoyed at 8:00 PM was reindeer. It was delicious. During the meal, we all introduced ourselves and explained who we were and why we wanted to go on this bold adventure. Then, Pat ran through some necessary checklist items that we should all know for the trip. We adjourned our first meeting on the first day at 10:30 PM.