Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Morning in Our Room

We had a nice long weekend for Christmas. The town was given off Monday and Tuesday for the holidays and it just so happened that our regular days off are Sunday and Wednesday, which gave us a very special four days off in a row. Although we did spend a lot of time relaxing in our room, we also attended a lot of social functions.

Sunday evening we hosted a cocktail party in our room for Kelly's cargo team. Later that evening we went to the town Christmas Party where we spent many hours visiting with friends and listening to good music.

Monday morning we gathered at Hut 10 with people from work for a White Elephant Gift Exchange. We had a lot of fun with that and Kelly ended up with one of the best gifts, a 1/4" piece of metal in the shape of Antarctica, made by a guy we work with.

Later that day we gathered with friends for cocktails at 3:00 prior to our Delicious Christmas dinner at 5:00. There was King Crab & Duck, but we both ate the Beef Wellington, which was fantastic!

Christmas morning we had our gift exchange in the room and spent the remainder of the day relaxing and watching movies. Here are a few pictures of us with our booty.

White Elephant Gift Exchange and Hut Point Shot

Friends gathering for Cargo's White Elephant gift exchange
Kelly & Dave at Hut 10 for gift exchange
Kelly & Amy, who was his Secret Santa
Mary, Kelly, Pam, Dave & Wendy at Hut Point after Christmas Dinner

Our Room and Town Holiday Party

The lights in our room
Kelly with Steve & Lucas in our room
The Reindeer ornament our department did for the town party
Bumbles, the ornament done by the fuels department.
Kelly & Dave with Pam, Santa, Mary & Wendy

Thursday, December 20, 2007

More Pressure Ridge Pictures

Scott Base Pressure Ridges

Last Sunday we went on a tour of the pressure ridges at Scott Base, the New Zealand base 3 kilometers away. It was a sunny warm day, by warm I'm saying upper 30's to low 40's. The pressure ridges are formed by the Ross Ice Shelf meeting the ice of the Ross Sea. It's sort of like plate tecktonics and the results are beautiful. Check out the pictures and see for yourself.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Scott's Hut Cape Evans, Ross Island, Antarctica

These are some pictures from a resent trip to the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's hut. In 1910 he sailed from New Zealand and erected this hut for his attempt to the South Pole in 1911.

Remains outside the hut.

Scott's Hut Ross Island, Antarctica

Inside Scott's Hut at Cape Evans

Inside the hut with all their personal items just as they left them on their quest to the South Pole. The team made it to the Pole and Scott and 4 of his men died on their return back to Cape Evans.

Sleeping quarters.

Trip to Cape Evans

Hut Point at Cape Evans is about 1.5 hours from McMurdo Station traveling in the not so fast passager delta.

Little Razorback Island.
Barnes Glacier.
Kelly and Tent Island.