Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Ob Hill Loop Hike & Christmas & New Year Celebrations at McMurdo Station

December 20th was a warm (by Antarctic standards) sunny day, so we decided to hike the Ob Hill Loop Trail.

Required selfie with Ob Hill in the background.

Kelly gazing off into the distance.

December 23rd, we hosted our 10th annual department Christmas Party.  Seana & Andrew were the first to arrive.

Leala, Amber, Adam & Killian

Killian & Sarah (AKA Yote)

Kelly, Greg, Yote & Shannon

Shannon loving on John


Greg, Alex & John

Greg, Alex, John, Yote, Amber & Adam

Ben'O & Max

Ang & Kevin

Kelly, Greg, Alex, Yote, Adam & Amber

After our party, we all went to the Town Christmas Party.  Here's Dave & Max.

Dave, Alexandra, Julie, Chris & Kelly

Part of our group with Santa

Christmas Day....presents around our little tree.

Annual Christmas Day photo

Kelly got a gag gift we've been passing back and forth randomly for the past 11 years.

Dave with his gifts

Kelly opening a gift


Dave got a new shirt for Flannel Fridays

The annual New Year's Eve Ice Stock concert is always one of our favorite days of the season.  Here's Julie & Alex up front, Chris, Dave, Kelly & Joe in back.

Julie & Kelly amongst the crowd

Liz, Kelly, Shannon & Tom

Amber, Abe & Adam

Dustin, Greg & Alex

Andrew & Kelly

Greg & Alex getting a little wild as Andrew watches from afar...

Some of our cargo co-workers played in one of the bands.

Mandy, Killian, Amber & Toby

Andrew & Greg

Dave, Greg & Kelly welcoming in the new year

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Few Days in Christchurch & the First Half of Our Season At McMurdo Station

We left home in mid August and arrived in Christchurch on the 17th.  We were scheduled to fly to Antarctica on the 20th, but our flight was delayed for three days due to bad weather at McMurdo, so we enjoyed the sunshine and unusually warm temperatures in Christchurch.

Enjoying some ciders outside at our hotel.

During our flight to McMurdo there was this dark line outside our window.  We were joking it was the International Date Line, but no one could figure out what it was, so Dave went up and asked the Pilot.  It was the shadow from our jet stream on the ice.

Some shots out our window.

And a shot of Kelly.

Mt. Discovery with one of the snow roads in the foreground.

Coming down early meant getting everything ready for the upcoming busy season.  That included a lot of cleaning in our work center.  Kelly, John & Greg are hard at it.

Greg was vacuuming inches worth of dust off the I-beams in our work center lobby.

The first week of October brought the first flight of the summer season.

Dave's Delta ready to be loaded up with cargo pallets.

The C-17 coming in to park.

When we weren't working, and sometimes when we were..most of October was all about watching the Cubs win their way through the playoffs.  Several Sunday afternoons we watched with a group of fellow Cubs fans.

Dave, Julie, Tony, Tad, Kelly & Melanie after watching the come from behind win in LA.

Dave's new Cubs socks and shoes were part of his Halloween costume.

Leala and Kelly bartending at the Halloween Party.

Here we are in our Cubs onesies.

The three Halloween bartenders.

Dave & Kim, who was our DJ for the night.

The final game of the World Series was quite nerve-racking.  Fortunately for Dave,  Julie went to his office so they could watch the last several innings together.  Also, fortunately, Julie received her 'W" flag in the mail that day so we got to display it around town the rest of the evening.  It was just by coincidence that when this photo was taken the "W" flag was also on TV.

Kelly was working at the airfield, so he didn't get to watch the game, but joined in the celebration afterwards.  Here's Kelly, Melanie, Tad, Dave & Julie.

With the "W" flag in our room while watching the post game celebration.

Dave, Kelly, Jessie, Tony, Julie & Tad later that evening.

Celebrating the win!!!

Saturday evening gathering with co-workers.  Andrew, Adam & Greg.

Kelly & Tony

Dan & Amber

Danny & Dave

A Sunday afternoon walk to Hut Point.

Thanksgiving weekend is all about tradition.  Watching the Turkey Trot & going to day bar with our friends.

Dan & Adam at the start of the Turkey Trot.

The runners at the start of what was is a long hill climb.

Amber & Adam after the race.

 Adam, Andrew, Dan & Killian

Day bar with Andrew & Amber

Julie, Dave & Billy T.

We decided to take advantage of the beautiful holiday weekend weather to take a few more photos with the "W" flag hanging.  Tad, Julie, Dave, Melanie, Tony & Kelly.

Still celebrating the Cubs World Series Win!!!