The USGS office in St. Petersburg, Florida is over 4,000 miles from Barrow, Alaska. The distance did not stop Ocean Acidification Research team member Dr. Lisa Robbins from boarding a plane in Tampa, Florida on August 22, 2012 for a long journey to the top of the world. She flew a total of 19 hours with several stops along the way as there is no direct flight from Florida to Barrow. The flight itinerary was Tampa, Florida to Charlotte, North Carolina to Seattle, Washington to Anchorage, Alaska to Fairbanks, Alaska to Barrow, Alaska…whew! Along the way, Dr. Robbins took photos from the plane of glaciers and the city of Anchorage. At the Anchorage airport, she also encountered a friendly polar bear on display. All in a day’s travel for research scientist!