Victoria in Victorialand

One of the popular sayings on The Ice.

Today is July 22, 2011 and I am getting started on my Antarctica blog. I am still in the hot and humid Brunswick Georgia but in less than a month I will hopefully go to the land of ice and penguins!

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Tori Parker. I’m currently the Operations Manager for the Glynn Brunswick 911 Center. I’ve been with the department for just over 10 years and I love what I do. I am, however, in need of some adventure and excitement. I’ve lived in Brunswick, GA my entire life and have rarely experienced truly cold weather. I don’t think I’ll have any problem with the cold though. Don’t worry Uncle Cam, I’ll do my best to avoid frostnip and frostbite.

The way this whole crazy plan came about was through a combination of curiousity, boredom and someone saying to me “You’ll never apply for that job, you’ll never leave this place”. I applied on the 26th of June and was given a job offer on July 1, 2011.

The current plan is to depart for Colorado on the August 17, 2011. After a day and a half of orientation, myself and approximately 100 others will start the journey to McMurdo Station (known as Mactown) by way of L.A., Aukland NZ and ChristChurch NZ. I’m excited and somewhat nervous.

I’m still waiting to be PQ’d (Physically Qualifed) by the medical department with Raytheon, and I should know something by next Wednesday. I will update my information on here and my personal Facebook page.