80. Go on a scientific expedition
May 11, 2009
This is one of the original things on the list from high school. I was so inpired by the stories of Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey, that I, too, wanted to head into the wild and study nature. I wanted to live in a small tent in the rain forest all by myself and study the creatures living there, the native people, the bodies of water. I thought I would be brave and independent and enjoy the solitude, devoting myself to my research.
Of course, like many teenagers, my take on the situation was pretty romantic. I hate bugs, and if there’s one thing there’s a lot of in a rain forest, it’s bugs. I’m also not a big fan of rain (unless I’m curled up warm inside a comfy chair with a blanket and a good book and some tomato soup) or heat (unless there’s really good air conditioning).
During college, I spent one summer working outdoors, constantly in danger of being bitten by rattlesnakes, stung by bees, overcome by heat exhaustion, turning beet red from sunburn, getting filthy dirty, sweating and walking around the woods and fields, and that was enough of working outdoors for me. Now I sit inside and build web sites. 🙂
But maybe I could volunteer on a short expedition or even just visit the Galapagos Islands and say it was scientific.