Don’t be afraid to take on big challenges They give the best rewards

Holly Morin Staff Posts 3 Comments

Acting in the capacity of Expedition Coordinator for this Northwest Passage Project cruise may be one of the biggest challenges I have undertaken. Late nights coupled with early mornings (both of which feel exactly the same given the constant daylight). Live, interactive broadcasts that require tremendous energy, response to producer cues, and recall of project and science knowledge (I nearly lost my voice after 20 broadcasts last week).

Photo of child in Pond Inlet, Nunavut (taken with permission).

Keeping tabs on project priorities including science activities, blogs, journals, and gauging overall student mood, outlook, and energy levels. Questions from students, scientists, SPRSS crew, and others about what is happening right now, in three hours, tomorrow, in three days. Missing my family and wanting to hug all the little children when we visited Pond Inlet, delighting in their laughter and smiles instead.


Even when considering all of this, to say that I am beyond proud to be part of this project, what we have accomplished, and what these students have undertaken would be an understatement. Our NPP students are motivated, passionate, enthusiastic, and considerate; characteristics that make my job and the important work we are doing up here in the Arctic that much easier.  For me, this really became evident this past Saturday evening. I had a crazy idea as to how we could send my son a special note for his 8thbirthday, which I would miss the following day.  A large group of us donned our blue and high-vis yellow flight suits, and headed out onto the bow of the ship.  We all laid down on the deck and moved our bodies into the shape of a large “8”. Dr. Donglai Gong, resident NPP physical oceanographer, used one of his drones to capture an image of the boat from the sky.  The image came out better than I could have ever anticipated- the bright colors of the “8”, in nearly perfect pattern formation; the magnificence of the ship and its icy, ocean, surroundings; freezing (no pun intended) that one moment to send back home to say “happy birthday”.  But it was the comradery and compassion behind the image that truly makes it special. “Remember, there is no small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” (Scott Adams)  The photo did make its way to Rhode Island, and brought a smile to my son’s face, however, this experience, and the selflessness shown by these students, and all NPP members, is something I will carry with me forever.

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    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings about this experience. The special “8” message brought tears to my eyes! I’m sure your son will always remember that gift from you and all the participants!

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    Hi. Lovely videos on your expedition.
    Nice to follow you from a summer varm Sweden. I have also seen my man in your video when you went abourd on the USA plan. He: Anders Eringdahl, is the master of the helicopters. I havent heard from him any but I think is not so easy to connect Sweden. Therefor is so fun to follow you all on this expedition here.
    Thank you for all pictures.
    (PS Send him my love if you seen him 🙂

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    Holly, you’ve been doing an amazing job as host for all these interactions. You have a way of asking framing questions and filling in gaps that have kept us enthralled. Thanks so much for all of us at the Exploratorium and for sharing this sweet story and amazing photo with us. It’s hard to be a mom on an expedition, but I’m sure that your son is very proud of you! I know it’s almost over and you’ll soon be home with him.

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