Lazy Sunday

25 10 2009

First of all, you can check out my last post, to which I’ve added some more McMurdo Gems.

Today was really a lazy Sunday. Most of the crew still in McMurdo partied their hearts out at the carp shop party last night, and woke up hoarse and bleary eyed. We all spent the day doing little final preparations and packing—the last load of laundry, final shower, cleaning the room for the check out inspections, etc.

Yesterday, we’d discussed doing a little hike on our last day off before things get busy again reassembling ENDURANCE and starting missions at Lake Bonney, but most people begged off citing business, tiredness, etc. Chris and I did go out and hike Hut Point Ridge, which rises to the west of McMurdo and has some good views of the sound. Though it wasn’t too cold in absolute terms (-15 °C/5 °F), it was overcast and the wind had picked up a bit. Quite a bit, in fact, especially on the ridge. There were definitely some spots where you could get a good lean into the wind.

Chris standing on Hut Point Ridge

Chris standing on Hut Point Ridge


Me standing on Hut Point Ridge (but you could tell that, right?).  Kiwis in the background, Scott's Hut behind them.

Me standing on Hut Point Ridge (but you could tell that, right?).
Kiwis in the background, Scott's Hut behind them.


Along the way I decided to make a big snowball. ;)

Along the way I decided to make a big snowball. 😉


Of course then Chris had to go make a bigger one!

Of course then Chris had to go make a bigger one!


The “snowball” is a radome called, appropriately, “White Dome” to distinguish it from the nearby “Grey Dome”.
The hike took about an hour and a half, but we were going at a pretty good clip and not stopping much to avoid getting cold in the wind. It was interesting to see some new parts of the peninsula, and also gave us a good reminder of how to dress for the field.
ENDURANCE is off tomorrow morning with the first helo flight at 9:15 am, Vickie and Shilpa are scheduled to fly at 9:45, and the rest of us at 10:35. We still have to shepherd ENDURANCE and our cargo to the helo pad in the morning, so we’ll be up early. Then there will almost certainly be a long day of receiving cargo, erecting the bothouse, unpacking the most critical items, etc. I’m sure we’ll sleep well tomorrow night. I’ll make sure to get out at least a sentence or two on how things are going before going to bed (as long as the internet is up…).

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25 10 2009
Maria Richmond

I must admit, even as your mother, I wasn’t too sure, who is who, without looking at the explanation! 😦

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