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Chapter 1 � Flying to New Zealand

Our names are Berkley and OzGold. We are Geobears from the United States and Australia and we are traveling to Antarctica with PRISM scientists.

We�ve been friends for a long time and often travel together. I�m Berkley (the red, white and blue bear) and I come from a classroom in Crystal Lake, Illinois and OzGold (he�s the yellow and green bear) is from Australia. We have been to Antarctica once with the Australian Antarctic Division and seen the work of Australian scientists. Now we are going to visit a research station and a remote field camp sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

We are going to fly to Christchurch, New Zealand where we will spend a couple of days, then we will fly on military aircraft to Antarctica. We will spend a lot of time in airplanes and airports. So we want to look here in the gift shop for some magazines and thing to do.

Here we are in the Kansas City Airport all ready to go We are going to fly to Dallas, TX and then to Los Angeles, CA. From Los Angeles, we will fly to Aukland, New Zealand and from there to Christchurch, New Zealand.

The plane isn�t here yet, so we just need to wait. Let�s try to figure out how long we will be in the airplanes for the trip to Christchurch, NZ. Maybe you can help us? It will take us 1 hour and 41 minutes to fly from Kansas City to Dallas. It will take us 3 hours and 12 minutes to fly from Dallas to Los Angeles. Then it will take 12 hours and 35 minutes to fly to Auckland. After that, it is 1 hour and 20 minutes to Christchurch. So how long is that?

When we stopped in Dallas, we went to the gift shop to find some magazines to read. OzGold really liked this cowboy sculpture there so he asked if he could have his picture taken with it. He told me there were cowboys back home in Australia too. I didn�t believe him so he showed a website called Australia Stories that had lots of pictures of Australian cowboys and a 12 year old girl who lives and works on an Australian ranch, or station, as they are called in Australia.

Well, at last we are almost there. Though the trip was really long, they gave us lots of snacks and we were able to sleep a little bit, so we aren�t too tired. We had a really special treat on the flight from Los Angeles. When we got to Auckland, we got to visit the cockpit and talk with the pilot of our airplane.

The plane was a huge Boeing 747. It was exciting to see all the controls in the cockpit, but we were careful not to touch anything. The pilot says it is really fun to fly over the ocean. OzGold and I just realized that we need to look at a map and figure out which ocean we were flying over and where Auckland and Christchurch are. We found a great map of New Zealand that helped us figure out the answers. We hope it will help you too.


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