“I flew in to the island early dusk on Thursday. Navigating the small atoll at night would be next to impossible I was told; Odonatia being fairly primitive technologically, you are at your own risk. No towers to guide you in. The runway is short with only less than a dozen yards for a margin of error. I packed my cases on a collapsible dolly that over the years I have found to be indispensible … satellite phone, camera and cataloging equipment, laptop, clothing, personal items. The museum spared no expense with my equipment. I have never failed them in my work and they learned a long time ago to outfit me well if they wanted a high caliber of archival. Odonatia being largely unexplored by the outside world, and this being my first of four trips…”
And so begins the chronicles of explorer C.T.Blackstone. Odonatia is undergoing extensive exploration currently but I am excitedly privy to information through a contact with the museum. It is rumored that four of Blackstone’s journals will be published and made available at some point. The Odonatian Cartographer’s Office will be providing maps as well as soon as the Planning Office is done reorganizing. You can take a peek at Odonatia here.