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.

Published by Victoria

Hello! I'm a so-so photographer, okay writer, former 911 telecommunicator and world's best Aunt. Closing in on 40, I find myself at a point in my life where I have no idea what I want to do next. I'm currently spending summer 2021 in Texas with my boyfriend, Robert and helping him start building a plane before he goes back to Antarctica in August.

6 thoughts on “Victoria in Victorialand

  1. Tori–I admire your adventure spirit. I did some wonderful things while young and still tell others about those things that happened 40 years ago. You’ll be talking about your adventure for all the years of your life. I heard your Grandfather Wright say a blessing once which ended “may the wind be at your back”. And so I leave you with that same blessing—may the Lord keep and bless you and may the wind always be at your back. .

  2. Hello, Tori. You don’t know me, but I was a high school classmate of your Dad’s and Uncle Larry’s. Your Dad sent the Class of ’67 an email message telling us about your plans and your big adventure. “Big Adventure”….That’s putting it mildly, in my opinion. Just want you to know you will be a topic of conversation, and also a unending prayer request for us while you are in the cold country. Wishing you all the best. The only advice I can offer you… STAY WARM.

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