Sunday, January 13, 2013

Slow Sunday at McMurdo

 On Sundays in McMurdo, most of the station shuts down, and this is the one day off for most of the station staff.  One thing this means is that there were no flights today, so no opportunity to head out to the field.  We spent most of this day continuing to work on papers, but spared a bit of time in the afternoon to walk out to Hut Point to take a look at the hut that R.F. Scott built during his first expedition to the antarctic in 1901.  It is remarkably well preserved, because it's so dry.  In this view, you can see the hut in the foreground, and McMurdo station in the background.  If you look closely, you can see three wind turbines on the hill above the station- a start at bringing renewable energy to this large station.

Here, Richard stands next to Vince's Cross, a memorial erected by the members of Scott's first expedition.  G.T. Vince drowned in McMurdo sound in 1902.

Tomorrow morning the plan is the same- be ready to go, and then wait for the 7am phone call- it could be telling us we're off on a day trip to Siple Dome, off at last to Roosevelt Island, or spending another day in "Mactown" as it's often referred to here.  I think I often end my posts with "Fingers crossed!", but I find it appropriate- so...  Fingers Crossed!


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