Sunday, November 2, 2014

We've Arrived!!!

We're finally here.  Rick, Liz, Justin, and Ryan left DeKalb, Illinois, at 1130am on Saturday, November 1, and arrived in Iquique, Chile, ~300pm on Sunday, November 2.  The trip was long, but it went (fairly) smooth.  We met up with Sue Swanson in Santiago; however, Rick's clothes and Liz's research supplies didn't quite make it.  They should arrive in Iquique tomorrow...we'll see!  The weather here is mild with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the low-60s (Fahrenheit).

For our first night in Chile, we kept things simple...get familiar with our surroundings, eat, and rest.  We had dinner out at a local surf and turf cafe--the food was amazing.  Steaks, ceviche, fresh seafood, papas fritas, and Chilean malbec.  It was a good way to start the trip.

Tomorrow, we get a rental truck and gear up for the research.  In the meantime, here is a picture of the U.S.-based research team, clockwise from left: 
Dr. Ryan Pollyea - Assistant Professor of hydrogeology at Northern Illinois University, 
Ms. Elizabeth Olson - Ph.D. student at NIU specializing in stable isotope geochemistry and climate change, 
Dr. Sue Swanson - Professor of hydrogeology at Beloit College,
Mr. Richard Jayne - M.S. student at NIU specializing in basin-scale fluid flow and geostatistics, and 
Dr. Justin Dodd - Assistant Professor of stable isotope geochemistry at NIU.

For the LINCOLN LIONS:  Our trip yesterday started in Chicago.  Then we took airplanes to Miami (Florida), Santiago (Chile), and Iquique (Chile).  Ask Mrs. Phelps if she can show you a map of these places on your overhead screen.  What kind of animals do you think we'll see?  What kind of food do you think we'll eat?


  1. Here are the animals we think you will see:
    Camels, alligator, rattle snake, lizard, bear, anteater, ants, dinosaur bones, and a tiger.
    Here is what we think you'll eat:
    Lobster, quesadilla with fish not cheese, fish sticks, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets.

  2. This is a great list!!! Here is what we have seen so far:
    Animals: lots of dogs & cats, llamas, dragonflies, wood-eating moths, sheep, small birds, and lizards. I'll post a picture of the lizard for you.
    Food: empanadas, steak, french fries, eggs, jelly & bread, pretzels, and potato chips...

    I'll let you know if we find any more animals or eat more interesting food!