If the calendar on my phone is to be believed, June has already come and gone. July is well on its way towards completion. The idea that staying in Monterey for the summer would somehow slow time down seems to be proving a touch naïve.
How do the photos from all the amazing places other fellows are traveling to make me feel? I would be lying if I said it didn’t make me a little sad. But mostly I am excited for all the amazing opportunities being grasped and all the incredible projects being accomplished near and far by those around me.
Working for the National Ocean Economics Program, gathering data on market values in the Arctic has been nearly equal parts exciting, challenging, and frustrating. This project is ground-breaking, and as anyone who has actually broken ground would know, that isn’t easy. It is exhausting.
But it is also immensely rewarding.
Besides, while the beaches of Hawaii or the fjords of Norway are (I’m sure) spectacular in person, summer in Monterey is not bad either.