I have now flown 91,000 miles with 3 months to go. So here’s how the map looks at the 9 month mark. It’s hard to even make out some States! The map is getting pretty congested in places.
I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that it’s pretty hard to get over the 700 mark without frequent visits to Alaska. Well, guess what? After heading to Virginia, I will be going to Barrow, Alaska!!
My main purpose for going is to see Ross’s Gulls. The fact that I’ll probably get to see my first Polar Bear is an added incentive.
I have spent a large part of today working on the logistics for October. Let me give you a glance at the nightmare of coordinating travel during a Big Year.
Yesterday I booked and cancelled 5 different flights, and then ended up staying home instead of chasing the Masked Duck. It turned out to be a good decision.
I have booked my schedule for the next month and it goes like this: Virginia, Barrow(AK), Kodiak(AK), Virginia, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Hawaii. Flights, car rentals, hotels, warm clothes, tropical clothes, all kinds of footwear, details galore.
I could use an Air Traffic Controller on my team.
After all of this work, there is only one certainty. I WILL be making changes to this schedule.
As always, a big thanks to Ken Blankenship who continues to update my blog, map, bird list, etc. I’m sure he’ll be glad when I’m home in January.😂