Producer Matt Carluccio says he's "psyched." Cameraman Mike Simon is pacing himself trying not to get "too excited." Leave it to Bobby Lapp, our soundman to see the downside, "I'm too hot in all this gear."
Climbing aboard, we can see it's going to be a full flight. Most of the best and the brightest scientific minds on climate change want to be in Antarctica now, as it offers a pristine place to get evidence, and November is the beginning of its spring season. It's going to be cool to let America hear what they are discovering.
But what has Mike, Bobby, Matt and me feeling a bit giddy is our plan to see the South Pole, fly over Mt. Erebus, an active volcano, and hang out with penguins.
We're told tourists are not allowed where we are going, so we are going to try our best to show you what we experience, so you feel you are along with us.
So long as we come back with all our fingers and toes.
The doors to the C-17 are about to close. I have a feeling Bobby will soon have no complaints about our gear.