50 is the new Young

Miz Kathy Young, that is

Long-time Summit Station Skipper turned Kangerlussuaq Queen, the transcendent Kathy Young, celebrated the big L last weekend, and several of us from PFS travelled to Prescott to witness and document the achievement.  

Kathy began her celebration in the morning with 50 sun salutations.  

The party had many Young touches. The honoree wrote thank you notes to her guests ahead of time, not for presents, but for the gift of their presence in her life.  


Partygoers grazed on homemade sushi and danced. They viewed a photo display showing Kathy's career supporting NSF science at the ends of the earth and shared many a favorite Kathy story.

And they wore feather boas, of course:

The party may now be over, but you can still send Kathy birthday greetings. Click here.

As for us at field notes, we think the occasion calls for some Bob Dylan lyrics:

May your hands always be busy May your feet always be swift May you have a strong foundation When the winds of changes shift May your heart always be joyful And may your song always be sung May you stay forever young

('Course, the Joan Baez cover is best, no offense)