We didn’t get to pick where we wanted to hike to each day. Our research sites were determined by satellite maps of greening or non-greening areas (explained on the satellite page).
Sometimes getting to these sites was challenging. There were wetlands, rocks, streams, and hummocky terrain, and birch and willow thickets that we would hike over and through for kilometers. If we were extremely lucky, we’d get to hike on an esker for a little bit.
In the end we always got where we needed to go. Some days were more exhausting than others. Often, if the hike was more difficult, the scenery would be even more beautiful.