First contact. I just returned from my first trip to Greenland, starting to fulfill childhood and young adult plans. During this scouting trip, I learned to travel on glaciers, which are the on-ramps and off-ramps between the coast and the icecap. One by one, I am piling up mission building blocks until they are high enough for me to touch the heart of Greenland.

Part of the full-fledged adventure next year will be to start right from home, by flying myself North. This time, however, I had to let others do the flying. Greenland is part of North America – same tectonic plate, many shared plant and animal species. Airline geography, however, dictates I must first fly to Europe’s Iceland, then backtrack to Greenland. Icelandair’s whimsical touch is the aurora borealis – northern lights – flickering from the top of the luggage bins.

The first leg is a tantalizing promise…

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